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    Juneau Voters to Decide Cigarette Tax Increase

    Tobacco levy could increase to 30 cents a pack.

    JUNEAU, Alaska -- Juneau voters will decide in the Oct. 7 municipal election if they want to raise city taxes on tobacco.

    The Juneau Assembly voted to put a measure on the ballot that would increase the tax on cigarettes to 30 cents a pack. If voters approve it, the measure would also double the existing 6 percent excise tax on cigars, chewing tobacco and other tobacco products.

    City officials estimate the increase would bring another $300,000 into city coffers next year. Assembly members said they want to use the money to help pay for social service and wellness programs.

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