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Third sales-tax holiday planned for fall

Last fall was the second annual sales tax holiday, and it was popular enough that the community wants to do it again.

Local business owners met recently with Planning Commission Member John Harrington, and agreed to have the sales-tax holiday again follow close on the heels of the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend distribution date.

This year, the PFD will be distributed on Oct. 3rd, so Oct. 12th has been chosen for the sales-tax holiday. The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly will vote Monday on the recommended date.

Business owners plan to fill out surveys during the special tax-free day, to monitor spending.

According to the borough, during each of the last two sales-tax holidays, more than $800,000 worth of goods was sold. That would have meant about $50,000 in local taxes each year.

Also Monday, the Assembly will consider an ordinance that would authorize the borough to seek jail time for business owners who intentionally refuse to comply with borough code related to maintaining sales records for taxes.

The Assembly meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. in Borough Assembly chambers in the White Cliff building. Public comment will be heard at the start of the meeting.

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