You asked for alternative programs or policies for seniors if the sales tax exemption is eliminated. My suggestion is to grant each senior $1,000 to assist in relocation costs outside of Juneau, upon submission of moving cost and/or airfare with proof of purchase or rental in the new location.
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This would not go far in covering these costs, but it would be helpful. We are dying off daily, but this would expedite our exodus from this area and remove the $186,000 we each contribute to the local economy and the literally untold number of volunteer hours that we contribute. This would free up some housing, but many seniors do live with children who might be reluctant to take in or rent to younger nonrelatives.