Ketchikan Borough, Business Owner Reach Settlement

gem storeThe Ketchikan Gateway Borough has reached a settlement agreement with a seasonal business owner who hasn’t paid his sales taxes for about three years.

On Monday, the borough filed a motion in Ketchikan Superior Court against Seamus Brodie, asking the court to shut down his business, The Alaskan Gem Store, until he paid all his delinquent sales tax plus penalties and interest. That amount totaled about $29,000.

In a news release Wednesday, Borough Manager Dan Bockhorst announced that Brodie has agreed to pay $20,000 and to start submitting his sales tax returns on time. In exchange, the borough will withdraw its motion seeking a quick decision by the court. And, if Brodie remains compliant through September, the borough has agreed to withdraw its case completely.