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Denial of the Moose Lodge permit
By Charlanne Heath


March 29, 2006

I would like to respond to Darlene Guzman's letter regarding the denial of the Moose Lodge permit. Ms. Guzman stated that the denial of the pull tab permit will affect many positive programs as well as people in need. While I agree with this statement, there is some missing information.

First of all, businesses in Ketchikan are charged with the responsibility of collecting and remitting sales tax. This sales tax is not collected for the company to use at their leisure, but belongs to the community. When a business utilizes sales tax money to run their business on a day to day basis, the entire community loses. Sales taxes help fund recreation, parks, and most importantly the public school system. Further, the Borough provides the opportunity for many non-profit organizations to apply for grants. Just curious, but where do you think the money for these programs comes from?

I do sympathize with businesses who are having trouble making ends meet. Believe me, I've been there. However, to blast the Borough Assembly for denying pull tab permits for back taxes is the wrong thing to do. The assembly made the right decision, and I applaud them. They did exactly what they were elected to do and that is to represent and protect this community.

The smartest thing any business can do is set up a separate account strictly for sales tax collections. That would eliminate all the problems that occur when the tax is due and it's not there anymore. Place the blame where it belongs, and not on the Borough Assembly.

Charlanne Heath
Ward Cove, AK - USA

About: Resident of Ketchikan for 33 years and have three children in public schools.


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