Are Juneau shoppers willing to pay 15 cents for each plastic shopping bag they carry home from the store?
Voters will have a chance to answer that question in the October municipal election.
Grocery, hardware, sundry and liquor stores with total annual sales of at least 15-million dollars over the last five years would collect the tax for city coffers as a way to reduce the use of the bags.
The citizens’ initiative will be on the ballot as well as renewal of the CBJ temporary 3 percent sales tax, two school bond issues, and an ordinance exempting municipal officials from the state’s financial disclosure law.
Three assembly seats and two school board seats are also up for election.
The sample ballot is now on the city’s website at juneau.org/clerk/elections.
Sunday September 4th is the last day to register to vote in the CBJ municipal election, which is October 4th.
Voter registration forms are available at the city clerk’s office, all state elections offices, Juneau public libraries, and online at elections.alaska.gov.
- The city thinks Hecla's Greens Creek mine may be responsible. The mine says its discharges in the area meet state requirements.
- Sarah Erkmann, external affairs manager for the Alaska Oil and Gas Association trade group, said the tax amounts to “punishing” oil companies.
- The Tourism Industry Association of the Yukon canceled its annual convention slated to be held in Haines, mainly due to the weak Canadian dollar.
- For now, traffic in Gastineau Channel will not be restricted, but Hilbert said they will likely establish a no-wake zone during the actual salvage operation.