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Liquor Shipped To Bethel Will Be Taxed If Local Option Passes

Jul 11, 2018

Last night, Bethel City Council voted in favor of transferring the city's current alcohol sales tax rate of 15 percent onto any alcohol shipped by freight into Bethel from outside city limits.
Credit Christine Trudeau / KYUK

  

Last night, Bethel City Council voted in favor of transferring the city's current alcohol sales tax rate of 15 percent onto any alcohol shipped by freight into Bethel from outside city limits.

 

This provision would only take effect if Bethel votes to revive the local option alcohol sales ban in the coming October election. According to council member Mitchell Forbes, this was in the tax code the last time Bethel had "damp" status under local option. Mayor Richard Robb said that he didn't agree with the 15 percent tax rate, but he voted in favor of it because it was what the voters agreed to, as did all other council members except Raymond “Thor” Williams, who opposed it.