Letter: Columnist was mistaken

AnchorageJanuary 25, 2014 

Last October and November, I conducted a series of community discussions regarding diversifying our revenues to provide property tax relief and to broaden the tax base. The final report on these discussions will be finalized and available to the public in the next few weeks.

In writing about the discussions, columnist Mike Dingman mistakenly stated that I was the author of the failed 2006 ballot proposition to implement a sales tax. In fact, it was Assemblyman Dan Coffey who sponsored the ordinance placing a sales tax before the voters. I was, however, the sponsor of the rental car sales tax that the voters approved in 2003.  Since its implementation, it has saved property tax payers nearly $50 million.

— Dan Sullivan, mayor



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