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Nome Council Could Approve Expenditures for NPD and Other Budget Amendments

Papers in Nome City Council chambers

Final discussions on FY 2020 budget amendments continue tonight during a re-scheduled Nome City Council regular meeting. One notable amendment includes $266,391.88 in increased spending for Nome Police, nearly $100,000 of that amount would cover additional officer and dispatch overtime.

Nome also looks to join other municipalities around the state in adopting the uniform code for remote sales tax in tonight’s re-scheduled City Council meeting. As a member of the Alaska Remote Sellers Sales Tax Commission, the City is required to adopt that code by May 5th.

A uniform code is meant to simplify the rules and procedures that municipalities use for collecting remote sales tax from online retailers, like Amazon, rather than leaving each community on its own. In tonight’s meeting Nome will go over a first reading that would amend the City’s current ordinance regarding remote sales tax to make it compliant with the statewide uniform code.  

The Council will also discuss the suggestions made by the Nome Port Commission for raising tariff rates at the Port of Nome in a first reading of that ordinance.

Before the meeting, the Council will meet for a work session at 5:30pm to discuss budget priorities for the upcoming fiscal year and begin discussions on the logistics of implementing a single use plastics ban. The regular meeting for the Nome City Council begins at 7pm tonight in City Hall.

Image at top: Papers in Nome City Council chambers. Photo from Matthew Smith, KNOM file.