LaMex Restaurant owner Trina Johnson thought she’d send a message when she printed “Dunbar Tax” on her receipts.
Since Feb. 1, an alcohol tax is being added to patrons’ tickets, and Johnson blames the Assembly member Forrest Dunbar, who is also running for mayor. The Municipality of Anchorage objected and asked for a meeting with her. Instead, Johnson backed down.
In a note to the Municipality, Johnson wrote “I have removed the words DUNBARTX from the tax line and replaced it with ALCOHOL TX on the receipt. It was not my intent to hurt Mr. Dunbars feelings by putting DUNBAR TX on the receipt, but rather to inform people that Assemblyman Dunbar voted for the tax to be placed on the ballot after repeated failures in past years by voters. I would also like to add, I do not believe that ballot measure passed legally.”
Johnson has added a line to the bottom of her receipts, which states, “It’s Still a DUMBAR TAX.”