Letters to the Editor
exemption encouraged pioneers to stay
To the Editor:
I'd like to clarify my comments on the senior sales tax exemption that were in the Pilot last week. When I said they were earned by just getting older, we were discussing my generation, the baby boomers. Boomers are coming in to get their tax exempt cards almost daily as they turn 65.
This exemption was part of a package of benefits enacted to encourage our retired pioneers to remain living in Alaska. Those pioneers who are left are now in their 80s and 90s. They are our parents and grandparents. They worked hard to build communities and achieve statehood. We baby boomers grew up with cable TV and daily jet service. We are not the pioneers.
That being said, the sales tax review committee is looking at all the exemptions and also all the other ways Alaskan communities raise money to fund local government. We will be meeting and holding hearings throughout next year.
Our recommendations will go to the borough assembly. If they approve any changes, the recommendations will then go to the voters in October 2014. Any changes will be a community decision.