Proposal for Fairbanks borough-wide marijuana tax fails

FAIRBANKS — An effort failed on Thursday to bring a marijuana tax to the voters in the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

The assembly called a special meeting to vote on a tax measure, which would have gone on the October ballot, but two assembly members were absent and none of the various tax rates suggested could gain the five votes necessary for approval.

“This is a giant guessing game because we don’t know the size of the industry,” Assemblyman Guy Sattley said. “We don’t know what our costs are going to be.”

The panel of seven people voted on multiple rates, 4 percent, 5 percent, 6 percent and 8 percent, and even attempted some procedural maneuvering to get a tax passed.

At one point, the assembly considered overriding the presiding officer, with his blessing, to pass a lower rate. But that vote

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