Trigg County Treasurer Lucy Oliver reported that the county has received a return of $108,500 on the 6 percent tax placed on the sale of alcohol when sales began, and that figure is correct.
The tax amount received so far by the City of Cadiz, which also collects a 6 percent tax on alcohol sales, was originally reported to be $64,384 by Police Chief Hollis Alexander. Last Wednesday morning, Alexander noted that amount was incorrect, and that the correct amount is $31,645.52.
That means the total amount of tax collected on alcohol sales in Trigg County and Cadiz since January 2010 is approximately $140,146, meaning businesses have sold approximately $2.34 million worth of alcohol since the first beverage was sold.
The Trigg County Fiscal Court approved an alcohol ordinance in December 2009, and the first alcoholic beverages were sold in late January 2010. In mid-2010, the Cadiz City Council approved its own similar alcohol ordinance and started collecting a tax on alcohol sold within the city limits.
Alexander has collected the revenue for the city since July.
Like Judge-Executive Stan Humphries does for the county, Alexander is in charge of making sure the city ordinance is enforced and that establishments that serve or sell alcohol are playing by the rules. Also like Humphries, Alexander said he has received no complaints about those establishments.
Some of the alcohol revenue has already been used. Last month, the fiscal court used some of the revenues from sale of alcohol to buy two Ford Crown Victoria police cruisers for the sheriff’s department.
Trigg County Sheriff Ray Burnam said that they have ordered the two new cruisers, and that they should be delivered by late March, but he didn’t know why they are discontinuing the Crown Victoria.
“Ford is building a new police interceptor that is purpose-built,” Burnam added.
Jay Geiger, who was the animal control officer for the Trigg County Sheriff’s Department, was the local Alcohol Beverage Commission administrator until late last year when he resigned. Since then, Humphries has fulfilled those duties.
Humphries said that they hope to find a dedicated ABC administrator in the near future, and that it won’t necessarily be someone from the sheriff’s department. He also said his duties include making sure people understand what the county’s ordinance says and fielding complaints against businesses that don’t comply with the ordinance.