Proposed dock fees a disaster
The proposed fee increases for the Lutak Dock will be a disaster for the businesses and residents of Haines, as Alaska Marine Lines will have no choice but to pass the increase along to customers here. Freight costs are already a big part of the cost of nearly everything we buy and sell here. If these increases are put into effect we will see increases in the price of food, car parts, furniture, building materials and virtually everything we can buy in Haines. Businesses here compete with businesses in Juneau. With a freight increase we will not be able to compete. The result is less sales tax, fewer jobs and unpaid property tax.