Word has circulated in the last month about a proposed 3 percent tax on the sale of prepared in the city – most of you know it as the restaurant tax. Tuesday evening, the Cadiz City Council will decide the fate of that tax.
As a reminder, here’s some info from my column on May 1.
This tax would apply to prepared food, meaning it applies to more than just typical restaurants. Those of you who buy pizza at Godfather’s or Casey’s would pay the same tax as those who get theirs at Main Street Pizza. Those who like their meat-and-three from Cadiz Family Restaurant and Reva’s Place would pay the same tax as those buying similar food from the delis at Food Giant and Hancock’s Neighborhood Market.
The design of the tax is to boost tourism in our community by allowing for increased marketing efforts, with a projected total of $300,000 per year.
In that column, I also put my math skills to the test. As I have not heard from any of the fine folks from my days in the Trigg County School system who taught me how to use numbers, I’m assuming this scenario, while unlikely, is accurately portrayed as it concerns the proposed tax.
(As for English teachers who tried to scare me away from using run-on sentences ...)
Let’s say a Cadiz resident eats every meal at a restaurant and spends an average of $25 per day, including sales tax. In a 365-day year, that person will spend $9,125 on food. The proposed 3 percent tax of that amount would total $273.75 for the year.
If you’re spending $25 per day on food every day of the year, I’ve done the work for you. If you’re not, the equation still works. Plug your own numbers in and see how the tax would impact you.
And again, as I said May 1, the impact might not be the most important thing to you. In the end, this is another tax, and I understand if you, on general principal, cannot support it.
But remember, you aren’t the ones voting on the tax – Cadiz City Council does that. If you live in Cadiz, you are represented by a councilor. If you’re not sure which one, call City Hall and ask.
The best you can do is talk to your councilor about the tax and allow them to use that info to decide what is best for the residents of Cadiz.
Yes, money from the tax would directly benefit the tourism industry in Trigg County. Like it or not, the economy of our community depends greatly upon revenue generated by visitors. And it stands to reason that a tourism commission with a better budget will be better equipped to bring more events – and, therefore, more new revenue – to city and county businesses.
What’s more important to you? Tell your councilor. Attend Tuesday’s city council meeting. Be part of the process.
Justin McGill is general manager of The Cadiz Record and can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.