Cadiz City Council votes in favor of restaurant tax
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
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Bill Stevens, executive director of the Cadiz-Trigg County Tourist and Convention Commission, discusses a 3-percent restaurant tax which the Cadiz City Council approved during its meeting last Tuesday.</i>
Franklin Clark/Cadiz Record

Bill Stevens, executive director of the Cadiz-Trigg County Tourist and Convention Commission, discusses a 3-percent restaurant tax which the Cadiz City Council approved during its meeting last Tuesday.

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By a vote of 4 - 2, the Cadiz City Council approved, on second reading, a 3-percent restaurant tax when they met last Tuesday evening.

Voting yes were Cadiz City Council members Gary Polete, who made the motion, Todd King, who seconded, Bob Noel and Manuel Brown. Voting no were Cadiz City Council members Susan Bryant and Frankie Phillips.

The ordinance will require that all restaurants and other businesses in the city limits to assess a 3-percent tax on the sale of all prepared foods. State law requires the revenue to be paid directly to the Cadiz-Trigg County Tourist and Convention Commission to fund tourism promotion efforts in the county.

“I think we’ve made a good move for the City of Cadiz,” Polete, who owns and operates the Futrell House Bed and Breakfast, said during the Council member comments portion of the meeting. “I know a lot of folks may not believe it, but I think … time will bear it out that the restaurant tax was shown to be a positive for this community.”

Brown, who chairs the City’s Finance Committee, King, Noel and Polete, said they received more phone calls in favor of the restaurant tax than against it, by varying degrees, but Bryant said the opposite was true in her case, and although she wasn’t sure why, she speculated that people already knew she was against it.

For the rest of this story, see this week's issue of The Cadiz Record or subscribe to our e-Edition by calling 270-522-6605.
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