The Juneau Assembly’s Finance Committee is considering a proposal that would tax any purchases that cruise ship passengers make onboard their cruise ship while it is docked in Juneau.
Currently, there are not cruise ships in Juneau and there likely won’t be any for 18 months, due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Cruise ship onboard purchases are exempt from the Juneau sales tax of 5 percent.
The proposal to tax onboard sales is buried in the 163-page packet that the Finance Committee will consider tonight.
Also in the packet for consideration is a proposal for mandatory disclosure of the sales price of real estate transactions. The State of Alaska does not require mandatory disclosure of the sales price for real estate transactions, but also doesn’t preclude home rule municipalities from their ability to write an ordinance requiring mandatory disclosure.