Between passenger taxes and city sales taxes, Juneau collects enough revenue during cruise ship season to pay each permanent resident over $700. But it doesn’t. So where does it all go?
The ruling allows the city to move forward on its annual budget process and figure out how it will use roughly $5 million in passenger fees next fiscal year. One of the proposals has already raised flags for the cruise industry.
Following Judge H. Russel Holland’s December ruling that passenger fees can only be used for services to cruise ships, the industry had asked the judge to go further. The final judgement opens an avenue for either party to appeal.