On Tuesday, Feb. 25, Bethel City Council will look at employment contracts, online sales tax, and cleaning up city codes.
The city has finished negotiating with city manager candidate Vincenzo “Vinny” Corazza, and city attorney candidate Elizabeth “Libby” Bakalar. Both Corazza and Bakalar have agreed on a $137,000 salary. Corazza’s contract also includes a $20,000 bonus for relocating to Bethel. Bakalar will be working remotely from Juneau. All that’s left is for the council to sign off on the contracts, and Bethel will once again have a city manager and city attorney.
The city council will also consider introducing an ordinance to adopt the Uniform Alaska Remote Seller Tax Code. That tax code will enable Bethel to collect sales tax from online vendors. City Clerk Lori Strickler says that the same 6% tax rate would apply online, along with the same exceptions, including those for Elders.
Also on the agenda on Tuesday is some cleanup of the Bethel Municipal Code. This includes removing sections that aren’t used, and simplifying the appeal process in decisions made by the city.