Bethel voters back liquor store, sin taxes

Unofficial results for Bethel’s municipal election have arrived.

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The likely candidates to fill the four vacant city council seats are Rick Robb at 56.4 percent of total votes, Leif Albertson at 51.8 percent, Nikki Hoffman at 50.4 percent, and Alisha Welch at 49.5 percent.

Yup’ik and English”I Voted” stickers from Bethel’s municipal election. Photo courtesy of Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK.
Yup’ik and English”I Voted” stickers from Bethel’s municipal election. Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK.

For proposition 1, asking whether or not to increase alcohol sales tax from 6 to 12 percent, the majority voted yes at 64 percent in favor.

For proposition 2, asking whether or not to increase marijuana sales tax from 6 to 15 percent, the majority voted yes again, this time at 69 percent.

Now the advisory questions, the majority voted yes to the city supporting a liquor license application for a liquor store but voted no for a bar, club, restaurant, or eating establishment.

And the final advisory question, asking for blanket support of liquor sales in Bethel, the majority voted no.

Proposition results are binding but advisory outcomes are not.

Official results will be issued Thursday after the ballot is canvassed.