Mat-Su to vote on alcohol tax

From Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman: It's up to voters to determine if there will be a new alcohol tax in the Matanuska/ Susitna Borough. The Mat-Su Borough Assembly decided on Tuesday to put the question on the Oct. 1 ballot. The 5 percent tax would be spent on education and emergency services.

“Increases in alcoholic beverage taxes do result in decreases in alcohol consumption,” said Elizabeth Ripley, executive director of the Mat-Su Health Foundation in endorsing the tax. “It’s also an effective strategy for improving the health of borough residents.”

Assemblyman Steve Colligan, who's proposing the tax, said it's a way to diversify the borough’s taxation portfolio.

“I believe that a consumption tax is the most fair tax that there is — you pay for what you use,” Colligan said. “I wish we had more of that to avoid taxing people out of their house and home.”

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