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Council to consider nonprofit grants; sales tax

The Ketchikan City Council meets in regular session Thursday evening, and among the topics on the agenda is grant funding for local nonprofit agencies.

In the 2014 budget, the Council set aside $358,000 for nonprofit grants, but the committee that distributes those funds came up with a recommended distribution of $355,660. During its last meeting, the City Council decided to fund all the agencies at last year’s level, rather than accept the recommendation.

According to the agenda statement, that will require about $2,000 more than what had originally been set aside, so the Council will vote again on the issue Thursday.

The Council also will vote on a second and final reading of an ordinance increasing the city sales tax rate from 3.5 to 4 percent.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in City Council chambers. Public comment will be heard at the start of the meeting.

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