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Sales tax holiday on Borough Assembly agenda

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly will meet a half-hour earlier than usual on Monday in order to certify local election results, and swear in re-elected Assembly Members Alan Bailey and Bill Rotecki.

After that, the newly formed Assembly will consider whether to approve a sales tax holiday for Oct. 19th, a measure that already has been approved by the Ketchikan City Council.

The Assembly decided in March to reject a sales tax holiday in order to appropriate the revenue that would have been lost on that day to schools funding. However, at least four Assembly members indicated recently that they now would support a sales tax holiday, and asked borough management to draft Monday’s resolution.

The Assembly also will consider changing the date of its second meeting in November from the 18th to the 25th, because of scheduling conflicts with the annual Alaska Municipal League conference.

Last on Monday’s agenda is an executive session for the Assembly to discuss potential litigation with the State of Alaska related to state funding for public education.

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

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