Ketchikan’s city council doubled the city’s sales tax cap to $2,000 on Wednesday. That means at most a consumer will pay $130 in sales tax on a single item as of January 1.
Tenants won’t see any change in their rent. That’s because the original cap remains in effect for residential rentals.
The city also hiked port fees: including a $2 increase in the passenger fee. raising Ketchikan’s head tax on cruise ship passengers to $9. Those hikes are projected to raise $6 million next year.
In other news, Ketchikan’s school board approved an updated student cell phone policy. It spells out when and where students can use phones on campus. An earlier draft required phones to be surrendered and unlocked on demand but was dropped due to privacy concerns.