FINANCE DEPARTMENT

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Despite spending concerns, the City of Unalaska has adopted a $39.9 million budget for fiscal year 2020 — up 27 percent from this year.

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In January, Amazon started collecting sales tax on online purchases made in Unalaska — a move that took residents and city officials by surprise.

KUCB's Laura Kraegel has more on the development that's expected to put new revenue in city coffers by the end of the month.

"So, let's see," says Vic Fisher, pulling up an Amazon receipt on his phone. "Where is 'My Orders'?"

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Unalaska's finance director is leaving March 1.

Clay Darnell recently sat down with KUCB's Laura Kraegel to discuss his resignation.

Darnell has spent about a year and half as head of Unalaska's finance department.

Now, he's leaving to take a new job back in his home state.

"I have accepted a position in Oklahoma as the controller of the Muscogee Creek Nation," said Darnell.

He declined to answer questions about why he started looking for new opportunities.

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Update: Before the Alaska Municipal League could complete its study, Amazon started collecting sales tax on online purchases made in Unalaska. For more on that development, click here.  

The Unalaska City Council wants more information before it decides whether to tax local purchases from online retailers like Amazon.

That's why councilors voted last week to contribute $5,000 to the Alaska Municipal League (AML).

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Unalaska's finance director resigned Monday, marking the second resignation of a city department director in four days.

Clay Darnell's last day on the job will be March 1.

In an email to KUCB on Monday afternoon, he said he was "leaving to pursue other opportunities" and declined to answer further questions at that time.

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