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Borough, business owner reach settlement

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough has reached a settlement agreement with a seasonal business owner who hasn’t paid his sales taxes for about three years.

On Monday, the borough filed a motion in Ketchikan Superior Court against Seamus (Shay-muss) Brodie, asking the court to shut down his business, The Alaskan Gem Store, until he paid all his delinquent sales tax plus penalties and interest. That amount totaled about $29,000.

In a news release today (Wednesday), Borough Manager Dan Bockhorst announced that Brodie has agreed to pay $20,000 and to start submitting his sales tax returns on time. In exchange, the borough will withdraw its motion seeking a quick decision by the court. And, if Brodie remains compliant through September, the borough has agreed to withdraw its case completely.

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