- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 43. Revenue and Taxation
- Chapter 52. Transportation Taxes
- Section 230. Disposition of Receipts.
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AS 43.52.230. Disposition of Receipts.
- (a) The proceeds from the tax on travel on commercial passenger vessels providing overnight
accommodations in the state's marine water shall be deposited in a special "commercial vessel passenger tax account" in the
general fund. The legislature may appropriate money from this account for the purposes described in (b) and (c) of this
section, for state-owned port and harbor facilities, other services to properly provide for vessel or watercraft visits, to
enhance the safety and efficiency of interstate and foreign commerce, and such other lawful purposes as determined by the
- (b) For each voyage of a commercial passenger vessel providing overnight accommodations, the
commissioner shall identify the first five ports of call in the state and the number of passengers on board the vessel at
each port of call. Subject to appropriation by the legislature, the commissioner shall distribute to each port of call $5
per passenger of the tax revenue collected from the tax levied under AS 43.52.200 - 43.52.295. If the port of call is a city located
within a borough not otherwise unified with the borough, the commissioner shall, subject to appropriation by the
legislature, distribute $2.50 per passenger to the city and $2.50 to the borough. Each port of call receiving funds under
this section shall use the funds in a manner calculated to improve port and harbor facilities and other services to
properly provide for vessel or watercraft visits and to enhance the safety and efficiency of interstate and foreign
- (c) A "regional cruise ship impact fund" consisting of 25 percent of the proceeds from the tax on
travel aboard commercial passenger vessels providing overnight accommodations in the state's marine water shall be
established as a sub-account of the funds established in (a) of this section and deposited in the general fund. Subject to
appropriation by the legislature and regulations adopted by the Department of Revenue, the commissioner shall distribute
funds to municipalities or other governmental entities within the Prince William Sound Region, Southeast Alaska, or any
other distinctive region impacted by cruise ship related tourism activities but not entitled to receive funds based on port
of call visitation as allowed by (b) of this section, provided that any funds used from this account shall be used to
provide services and infrastructure directly related to passenger vessel or watercraft visits or to enhance the safety and
efficiency of interstate and foreign commerce related to vessel or watercraft activities.
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