A proposal to double the city tax on alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana has failed in the Unalaska, Alaska, the largest city in the Aleutian islands.
Voters defeated the bill during the city’s election on Tuesday, with 53 percent of voters opposing it. Given the city’s population of approximately 4,500 residents, the margin of defeat was just 35 voters.
The city council sent the proposal to voters as part of the process of legalizing the use of marijuana in Alaska, with revenues going in part to health care, education, and the Department of Public Safety, according to an interview that KUCB.org did with Dave Martinson, Unalaska’s city manager. The increase would have doubled the city’s tax rate from three to six percent on those three categories and would have gone into effect on Nov. 1 had it passed.