- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 16, 2014

NOME, Alaska (AP) - Nome council members have rejected a proposal to let residents decide whether to increase taxes on alcohol and tobacco products to 10 percent.

KNOM reports (https://is.gd/VJUuqb) voters still will decide on an upcoming ballot whether to raise the tax to 8 percent from its current 5 percent.

Proponents say the 10 percent tax would help pay for the economic burden that drinking and smoking bring to Nome, such as ambulance services and detention costs.

Police Chief John Papasadora also backed the higher tax. He said across the board, arrests are alcohol-related.

But three council members voted down the 10 percent amount. Two of them, Stan Anderson and Louie Green Sr., said it was unfair for responsible drinkers and bar owners pay the tab for mistakes made by a few.


Information from: KNOM-AM, https://www.knom.org

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