Unalaska Voters Reject Sales Tax Hike On Alcohol, Tobacco, And Marijuana

Oct 6, 2017

Fifty-three percent of Unalaska voters have rejected a proposal to double the local sin tax.
Credit Sammy Hancock via Flickr Creative Commons

Following a failed ballot measure, the City of Unalaska wo​n’t raise its sales tax on alcohol, tobacco, or marijuana.

City officials made the announcement Friday, after canvassing about 70 outstanding ballots from the municipal election.

The final count showed 53 percent of voters rejected the City Council’s proposal to hike the tax from three to six percent. That means the measure was defeated by just 35 votes.

Councilors argued that extra tax revenue would help offset the cost of city services strained by alcohol and marijuana consumption, such as emergency response.

The City Council is expected to certify election results on Tuesday.