Chamber officials cite concerns with proposal to expand senior sales tax exemptions

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Top Juneau Chamber of Commerce officials outlined their opposition to a proposal to expand Juneau's senior citizen sales tax exemptions on Action Line Tuesday.

    During its meeting last week, the Assembly sent a proposal to expand exemptions to include prepared foods, household supplies and personal care items to its Finance Committee for more work.

    New Chamber President Richard Burns cited this example.  "The prepared food is a case in point.  If someone was to go to Fred Meyer and buy a submarine sandwich that would be exempt.  If they go to Subway and buy the same thing, its not.  I mean we as a chamber can't support that kind of disparity. It simply doesn't work."

    New President-elect Mike Satre (Say-tree) said the expansion would require many businesses who don't have to currently deal with the tax to now have to do the paperwork and the accounting for it.   "It really is a fairness issue and we're glad to see that the Assembly has moved that back for additional consideration to look into the impacts."

    There is sentiment on the Assembly to returning to a blanket exemption for everything.  Satre says they'll watch the Assembly very carefully to see if that's something it takes up.  "We'll just see where that goes," he said.

    Burns and Satre were installed as the chamber's top officers for the next  year during the organization's annual banquet earlier this month.


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