The topic of grants for nonprofit agencies is again on the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly agenda for Monday, along with a resurrected excise tax on marijuana.
The excise tax was indefinitely postponed last year, but Assembly Member John Harrington asked that it come back for consideration as a way to help pay for nonprofit grants.
As currently drafted, the ordinance calls for a 10-percent tax. The borough would credit the City of Ketchikan for its 5-percent pot tax, so the overall marijuana tax throughout the borough would be 10 percent everywhere.
The Assembly has a work session scheduled to talk about other options for funding community agency grants. In a memo to the Assembly, Finance Director Cynna Gubatayao listed some suggestions.
They include eliminating the exemption in city limits for the borough’s 4-percent transient occupancy tax; using funds from the borough tobacco tax; and implementing a marijuana tax.
Other potential sources that Gubatayao noted but didn’t recommend were eliminating the sales-tax exemption for purchases by nonprofits; increasing the sales-tax cap; eliminating the senior exemption for alcohol, tobacco and marijuana; and establishing a seasonally adjusted sales tax, fish box tax, or sales tax on performances.
Also Monday, the Assembly has three executive sessions scheduled to discuss contract negotiations with various bargaining groups. There are two tentative contract agreements on the agenda for a vote. They are with the Inlandboatmen’s Union, and the International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots. Both essentially mirror the current contracts.
Monday’s meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. in Borough Assembly chambers. Public comment will be heard at the start of the meeting.