Separate from the sales tax exemption, the Juneau Assembly had its first reading on an ordinance to earmark sales tax revenue to keep paying lawyers retained to fight the cruise industry’s lawsuit against the city.
The city’s finance department concluded last year that cruise ships are legally liable to collect local sales tax and could raise as much as $100,000 annually. But an ordinance considered by the Juneau Assembly on March 6 would exempt onboard transactions as a friendly gesture to the industry.
The Juneau Assembly voted to add three questions to the upcoming October ballot about sales taxes: Should marijuana be taxed an extra 3 percent, like alcohol? Should the long-standing 3 percent “temporary” sales tax be renewed another five years? And should that “temporary” sales tax become permanent?