Matanuska-Susitna Borough eliminates the need for business licenses

Matanuska-Susitna Borough Repeals Business License Requirement: A Step Towards Streamlining Business Operations in the Mat-Su Region

In a landmark decision, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly has unanimously voted to repeal the business license requirement for businesses operating within the borough. This historic move will take effect immediately and marks a major step towards streamlining the process of operating in the Mat-Su region.

The business license was first introduced in 1995 and required a $100 fee with renewal every two years. However, data from these registrations has not been used for economic development purposes for at least 20 years and is primarily used as a business tax. As such, the repeal is expected to result in a loss of about $541,000 in annual income from license fees.

Despite this financial impact, borough officials are hopeful that they can offset this loss by reallocating business license staff to focus on securing new federal funding sources through grant applications. The proposal to repeal the business license requirement was sponsored by Mayor Edna DeVries and assembly members Dee McKee and Rob Yundt, who believe that eliminating this requirement will benefit businesses and streamline the process of operating in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

It’s important to note that while this repeal applies specifically to businesses within the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, state and city requirements for business licenses still apply. Businesses in Alaska must 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. Nonetheless, this historic decision marks a significant step towards reducing red tape for businesses operating within the Mat-Su region.

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