Mat-Su tobacco tax fight ends

Posted: Thursday, September 11, 2008

WASILLA - A tax opponent said recently she probably won't appeal the state Supreme Court decision upholding the Matanuska-Susitna Borough's tobacco tax.

Nola Bragg of Wasilla said she's just a "little old lady" who fought city hall and lost.

The borough said the tax amounts to a nickel per cigarette and generates $5 million a year.

Without a costly appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, the state court's Aug. 29 ruling ends litigation that began in 2005 after the tax was imposed without a public vote.

Borough attorney Nick Spiropoulos said the money goes into the borough's general fund.

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