City votes to draft restaurant tax ordinance
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
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From left to right: Cadiz City Council members Susan Bryant, Todd King and Manuel Brown were among those who discussed a proposed 3-percent restaurant tax  last Tuesday.</i>
Franklin Clark/Cadiz Record

From left to right: Cadiz City Council members Susan Bryant, Todd King and Manuel Brown were among those who discussed a proposed 3-percent restaurant tax last Tuesday.

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After a 3 – 3 tie that was broken by Cadiz Mayor Lyn Bailey, the Cadiz City Council will draft an ordinance for a 3-percent restaurant tax within the city limits.

Cadiz City Council members Frankie Phillips, Bob Noel and Susan Bryant voted against moving forward on drafting the ordinance, while Cadiz City Council members Todd King, Manuel Brown and Gary Polete voted in favor.

“I want us to go forward with it,” said Bailey. The ordinance will have to have two public hearings before it would become law.

A 3-percent tax on restaurant bills is the maximum allowed by the state. This tax revenue would go to the Cadiz/Trigg County Tourist Commission – of which Polete was a member prior to being elected to the City Council. Currently, the Tourist Commission is funded by transient room tax, a 3-percent tax on stays at hotels, motels and vacation rental properties.

Brown said for him at least, voting to have an ordinance drafted didn’t necessarily mean he would vote for that ordinance. King said he was told by someone – whom he said didn’t have an opinion on the matter – that a restaurant tax is “the fairest tax of all,” since eating out is a choice.

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