sales tax

The North Pole City Council has taken the first step toward collecting online sales taxes.

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The Fairbanks City Council unanimously adopted a resolution Monday that may finally signal the beginning of the end of the old and decrepit Polaris Hotel building downtown.

The North Pole City Council tonight will consider final approval the city’s $5.7 million operating budget for the coming year.

The budget will not include an increase in sales taxes, except on alcohol and tobacco.

The North Pole City Council is looking at increased sales taxes. Mayor Bryce Ward has proposed the hikes to cover an anticipated $180,000-plus revenue shortfall. The public turned out in opposition to the tax increases at a City Council meeting Monday night. But the council plans to reconsider a revamped version of the mayor’s proposal next week.