Kodiak Daily Mirror - City Council fixes mistake in sales tax code
City Council fixes mistake in sales tax code
by James Brooks
Aug 24, 2012 | 110 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With Mayor Pat Branson stuck in Anchorage by a delayed flight, the Kodiak City Council corrected an oversight in the city’s tax code during a brief meeting Thursday night.

The oversight came when the city council voted in June to increase Kodiak’s sales tax to 7 percent. The ordinance approved by the city council in that vote failed to include a change to the city’s hotel bed tax, which was set at 5 percent plus the sales tax of 6 percent.

On Thursday night, the city council voted unanimously to raise the city’s bed tax to an effective rate of 12 percent: 5 percent, plus the new sales tax rate of 7 percent.

The city council also used Thursday’s meeting to honor Kodiak’s seafood processing workers in what has become an annual tradition. Representatives from most of Kodiak’s processing plants attended the meeting and received a proclamation of thanks as well as a free T-shirt.

In other business, the council approved Natasha Hayden as a non-city member of the Kodiak Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee. Hayden, currently the committee’s chairwoman, had moved to a home outside city limits and could no longer sit in a position reserved for a city resident.

The city council next meets for a joint work session with the borough assembly on Sept. 4.
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