Juneau using cruise ship visitor fees to cover legal costs


JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Juneau is using the money it receives from visitors who arrive to the city via cruise ship to defend itself in a lawsuit filed by the cruise industry alleging it has misused those funds.

KTOO-FM reports (http://bit.ly/24t1fLR ) that Deputy City Manager Mila Cosgrove says Juneau is paying $50,000 for legal counsel the majority of those funds will be covered by marine passenger fees.

The suit filed by the Cruise Lines International Association in April challenges the legality of the city’s use of a $5 per-passenger fee it collects from the nearly 1 million cruise ship passengers who visit annually. It claims the money was spent on projects that violate federal guidelines.

Cosgrove says a legislative audit of the marine passenger fees found the city was in compliance with regulations.

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Information from: KTOO-FM, http://www.ktoo.org

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