Port Security Conference

May 1, 2003

Alaska citizens' effort to tax cruise ships
The Anchorage Daily News reports that a citizens' initiative to tax cruise ships and require them to get environmental permits was filed Tuesday with the Alaska lieutenant governor's office.

The newspaper reports Joe Geldhof, a Juneau attorney who is a sponsor of the measure, as saying the initiative would impose a $46 tax on each cruise ship passenger. It also would subject the industry to the state corporate income tax and impose a 33 percent tax on shipboard gambling income.

According to the Anchorage Daily News, the initiative would also require ships to get permits before they can discharge waste in Alaska waters and would require independent observers aboard the ships to monitor pollution control, sanitation practices, and heating and ventilation systems.It would also require cruise ships to divulge to customers their profits from sales of shore excursions.

The North West Cruise Ship Association will oppose the initiative.

The Anchorage Daily News says the initiative must meet Division of Elections and Department of Law requirements before sponsors can begin collecting signatures to get the measure on the ballot. Signatures from 23,285 voters would be needed to put the proposal before voters in November 2004.

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