Both the city and the county have a 6 percent tax on the sale of alcohol. That means that people have bought roughly $2.7 million in alcohol since it was first sold here.
Trigg County Treasurer Lucy Oliver said on Tuesday morning that the county collected $9,460.05 in March and $126,228 since January 2010.
Cadiz Police Chief Hollis Alexander is the Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) administrator for the city, and said this week that since collecting taxes on alcohol sales in the city in July 2010, the Cadiz Police Department has collected $39,335, $4,093 of that from March 2011.
The county’s prohibition on alcohol ended when a referendum was held on the subject on Sept. 29, 2009. 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.
July was also when the city was declared to be a Class Four City, which allowed the city to levy additional taxes on alcohol sales within the city limits. The city’s ordinance closely mirrors the county’s ordinance.
Some of the alcohol revenue has already been used. In January, 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 Judge Executive Stan Humphries is the current ABC administrator for the county.