October 6th has tentatively been chosen as the Sales Tax Holiday in Ketchikan. It’s on the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly’s agenda Tuesday for approval.
The assembly normally meets on Mondays, but is meeting Tuesday because of the national Labor Day holiday this Monday.
Ketchikan’s city and borough have declared Sales Tax Holidays annually since 2010. It is typically on the first Saturday after Permanent Fund Dividends are distributed.
The Ketchikan City Council is scheduled to consider approving the Sales Tax Holiday during its regular Sept. 6th meeting.
According to the borough’s finance department, sales from last year’s Sales Tax Holiday totaled $1.05 million. If sales tax had been collected on that day, it would have totaled about $68,000 for both the city and borough.
The borough has an areawide sales tax of 2.5 percent. The City of Ketchikan sales tax is 4 percent, which means sales in the city are taxed a combined 6.5 percent.
Also Tuesday, the assembly will proclaim September as National Recovery Month, and will hear a presentation from the Small Business Development Center.
The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. in Borough Assembly chambers at the White Cliff building. Public comment will be heard at the start of the meeting.