By Mark Sabbatini
Juneau Empire 

Juneau may drop sales tax on food in exchange for higher summer tax rate


Juneau voters will likely be asked this fall if they’re willing to increase the city’s 5% sales tax to 6% during the summer in exchange for exempting food from sales tax year-round.

The Juneau Assembly, meeting as the Committee of the Whole, voted unanimously May 2 to have city administrators draft language for an ordinance that would repeal the food tax if voters approve the summer sales tax increase.

But numerous questions were raised about exemptions for nonprofits, effects on businesses that don’t get summer tourists among their customers, and if the amount saved on food purchases...

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