Matanuska-Susitna Borough eliminates the need for business licenses

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly has unanimously voted to repeal the business license requirement for businesses operating within the borough, starting this week. This move comes after a 25-year hiatus in using data from business registrations for economic development purposes.

The license was first implemented in 1995 and required a $100 fee with renewal every two years. However, over 10,000 entities currently hold borough business licenses, and the repeal is expected to result in a loss of about $541,000 in annual income from license fees. Despite this loss, borough officials are hopeful that they can offset it by reallocating business license staff to focus on securing new federal funding sources through grant applications.

Businesses in Alaska must still have a state-issued license with an annual fee of $50, while businesses in Mat-Su cities like Palmer, Wasilla, and Houston are required to carry a city-issued license for $25 per year. However, the repeal of the borough’s business license requirement makes it redundant as registration information that was previously used to contact companies about regulation changes and programs is duplicated in state data.

The proposal to repeal the business license requirement was sponsored by Mayor Edna DeVries and assembly members Dee McKee and Rob Yundt. They believe that eliminating this requirement will benefit businesses and streamline the process of operating within the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

By Aiden Johnson

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