Sitka gives $300 to residents for tourism inconvenience


January 3, 2024

Sitkans received a $300 credit on their December utility bills after the city assembly voted to share some of the higher-than-expected sales tax revenues with the public.

The assembly voted to spend just over $1 million on the program, distributing the money to every residential utility account in town.

Sitka saw a record number of cruise ship visitors last summer, swelling the sales tax coffers but also inconveniencing residents.

In passing the appropriation in November, assembly members said they wanted citizens to receive some compensation for the inconveniences they endured in the visit...

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