in the city of Kodiak enjoyed the second annual tax free day on Saturday. The
day-long event was promoted by the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce and authorized
last year by the Kodiak City Council. Patterned after a similar event in
Southeast, Tax Free Day suspends the city's six-percent sales tax on the first
Saturday of March each year.
chamber's economic development specialist, Trevor Brown, said businesses
experienced mixed results, but he found most of them thought it was positive.
-- (Tax Free 1 29 sec "Just
talking with some ... better sales than last year, so.")
Sport Shop was one of those businesses that had a better day than last year,
according to Jesse Glamann the store manager.
-- (Tax Free 2 28 sec "It
was quite a bit ... to beating it next year.")
the chamber of commerce encouraged merchants to advertise and perhaps offer
sales on tax free day, which Glamann agreed was helpful:
-- (Tax Free 3 26 sec "The
city kicked in the ... word out there always helps.")
Glamann also said the weather was just right - not stormy like recent days,
but not so nice that residents were drawn to other activities. He said he'd
like to see the city continue Tax Free Day in the future:
-- (Tax Free 4 20 sec "Great
event. I hope ... continue to do this.")
sending a survey to merchants in the city to gauge their success on Tax Free
Day, and will be giving a report to the Kodiak City Council at a later date.