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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.

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On Tuesday, Unalaskans will vote on a proposal to raise the local sales tax on alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana from three to six percent.

KUCB’s Laura Kraegel sat down with City Manager Dave Martinson to learn more about Proposition No. 1, sponsored by the City Council.


KUCB: What is this proposal exactly? What is it asking the voters to decide?

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The ballot is set for Unalaska’s October election, with three contested races for City Council and a proposition to raise the island’s sin tax.

James Fitch and Jeffrey Treannie are challenging Councilor Yudelka Leclere as she tries to hold on to City Council seat B, according to City Clerk Cat Hazen.

Seats E and G are two-way competitions: Councilor John Waldron is vying for reelection against Dennis Robinson, while Shari Coleman tries to unseat Councilor Rachelle Hatfield.

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Unalaskans could soon pay double the sales tax when buying alcohol and tobacco -- if voters approve the hike at the next municipal election.

The City Council added the measure to the October ballot at a meeting Tuesday night, when councilors unanimously agreed to send the issue before voters.

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In the Unalaska City Council’s last meeting of 2016, they looked forward to March and the annual lobbying trip to Juneau.

The cost of the trip is steep, around $30,000. There’s nearly $12,000 for travel and $10,000 more set aside for a seafood reception and constituent dinner.

But the meals are a tradition. They’ve been going on for decades. 

City Manager Dave Martinson shared the city’s lobbyist’s advice.