Editorial: Wrangell needs to pay attention to state tax debate
April 8, 2021
No, a state sales tax would not be good for Wrangell, Ketchikan, Sitka or the 100 other cities and boroughs in Alaska that rely on their local sales tax to fund schools, roads, police and other municipal services.
Those communities have relied on sales taxes for decades, tailoring the rate, exemptions and rules to local needs, without worrying about the state coming in and taking a cut or taking control.
But that may not matter when Alaska's elected leaders finally deal with the inevitable: The state needs either a personal income tax or a sales tax to help pay for public services.