October, you'll be paying one penny on the dollar more for purchases in the
city of Kodiak, but the cap on taxes will not change.
no public comment and very little council debate at last night's Kodiak City
Council meeting before the vote on the sales tax increase. After rejecting one
amendment and accepting another, the council voted 5-0 to increase the sales
tax by one percentage point, from 6 to 7 percent.
to lower the proposed sales tax cap from $3,500 to $1,200 failed 3-2.
Councilman John Whiddon said until it's known how much revenue the various tax
cap proposals would bring in, changing the figure is ill-advised.
then voted to separate the tax cap from the sales tax ordinance, though it is
something that they can bring back at a later date.
has been tossing around the idea of a sales tax increase for years as the fixed
costs of running the city, such as fuel and insurance, continued to climb. Councilman
Charlie Davidson defended the tax increase as a way to stem the draw-down on
the city's cash reserves.
also voted to change the effective date of when the tax goes into effect to