Eaglecrest ski area not requesting sales tax

Letter to the editor

Posted: Sunday, November 09, 2003

This letter is in response to the Sunday (Nov. 2) Juneau Empire article about the public meeting held to gather input on the Eaglecrest strategic plan. We would like to thank all the participants for their creative ideas and supportive comments. As a community owned ski area, we greatly value all the ideas brought to our attention by the public and look forward to continued input as we develop the ski area into a year-round recreation facility.

For the Empire article to summarize this public meeting with the headline, "Eaglecrest eyes sales tax for more revenue" was misleading and inaccurate.

While one participant did offer this suggestion for funding the replacement of the existing Ptarmigan chairlift, Eaglecrest Ski Area does not have any plans to request sales tax funding through a sales tax proposition next fall.

Any proposition to go before the voters for a sales tax would need to be approved and forwarded to the voters by the CBJ Assembly, not Eaglecrest.

The Empire article did make it clear that Eaglecrest is pursuing funding from tourism fees, foundation/educational grants and government facility funds for the construction of infrastructure improvements.

This will allow us to offer more broad-based recreational opportunities year-round and bring in revenue from new sources. Thank you for this opportunity to clarify.

Members of the Eaglecrest Board of Directors

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