Fairbanks assembly repeals bag tax

Posted: Sunday, October 11, 2009

FAIRBANKS - The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly decided to bag the bag tax.

The assembly voted Thursday to repeal the 5-cent plastic bag tax, reversing a decision it made last month. The only vote against rescinding the ordinance came from Nadine Winters, who sponsored it.

The proposed tax was an attempt to reduce litter and raise some money for recycling. It would have taken effect next year.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the assembly backed off in response to members of the public who called the tax premature.

"I've heard from people involved in recycling and members of the Recycling Task Force, and we need to be building as big a base as we can, and then let the Recycling Commission come forward to see what they need," said Luke Hopkins, who sponsored the rescind action.

A Recycling Commission hasn't yet been appointed.

The tax also was opposed by retailers.

Earlier this year, voters in Seattle rejected a bag tax.

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