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Following a failed ballot measure, the City of Unalaska wo​n’t raise its sales tax on alcohol, tobacco, or marijuana.

City officials made the announcement Friday, after canvassing about 70 outstanding ballots from the municipal election.

The final count showed 53 percent of voters rejected the City Council’s proposal to hike the tax from three to six percent. That means the measure was defeated by just 35 votes.

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City officials have released the final results of Unalaska’s municipal election, after canvassing absentee and questioned ballots.

The official data shows that voters narrowly rejected a proposal to double the local sin tax. It also confirms all preliminary results for the City Council and school board races.

The City Council is expected to certify election results on Tuesday night.

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Unalaska voters have ousted half the City Council.

During Tuesday's municipal election, all three council incumbents were defeated easily by their challengers, two of whom are newcomers to local politics.

That includes Councilor-Elect Shari Coleman, who won Seat G. She unseated Rachelle Hatfield with about 56 percent of the vote.

“There are really no words to describe it," she said. "I’ve never been in this position before, and it’s just exciting."

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Voters have ousted all three incumbents on the Unalaska City Council.

Meanwhile, a proposal to raise the local sales tax on alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana will be decided by about 70 absentee and questioned ballots.

Check out the preliminary election results below.

We’ll bring you the final results after city official canvass the outstanding ballots on Friday.


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On Tuesday, Unalaskans will vote on a proposal to raise the local sales tax on alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana from three to six percent.

KUCB’s Laura Kraegel sat down with City Manager Dave Martinson to learn more about Proposition No. 1, sponsored by the City Council.


KUCB: What is this proposal exactly? What is it asking the voters to decide?