Wrangell voters reject sales tax reduction


Brian O’Connor

Wrangellite Beth Black, holds a sign against the sales tax proposal on the ballot and converses with Assembly woman Julie Decker. The proposal would drop the sales tax to 5.5 percent from a state-highest 7 percent. Voters selected a mayor, school board and port commission members and voted on a controversial sales tax proposal.

WRANGELL — Wrangell voters insurmountably rejected a proposal to lower the sales tax, retained their sitting mayor, and removed one member of the assembly in municipal elections Tuesday, officials said.

The unofficial results, read aloud shortly after the polls closed at 8 pm, put the vote tally for the contentious tax proposal at 451 votes against lowering taxes from 7 percent to 5.5 percent, and 172 votes in favor of the change. Sitting mayor David Jack tallied 455 votes while Kipha Valvoda scored 118. Maxlyn J. Wiederspohn garnered 364 votes to Ernie Christian’s 212 votes and Billie...

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