- Associated Press - Monday, April 6, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Municipal officials in Juneau say they’re hoping the Alaska Legislature won’t follow the recommendation of the Senate Finance Committee to retain millions in cruise ship head tax dollars from port cities.

Committee co-chair Anna MacKinnon last week said the appropriation has been overspent in recent years based on projected numbers. The intent behind the recommendation was to put the program on hold to allow for accurate accounting.

Juneau officials say they might have to increase a local cruise ship visitor tax to pay for waterfront improvement projects if lawmakers retain the head tax.

The Juneau Empire (https://bit.ly/1DF2BpM) newspaper reports the capital city last year received about $5 million from the state.

Port director Carl Uchytil says he’s unsure how much the potential loss could impact a planned dock project.

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Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, https://www.juneauempire.com

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