It has become the talk of the town in
"I think most people expect taxes when they come out to eat and it's meant to be a treat that most people just expect when they come out," said Staci Bishankhe, server at Union Jack's.
In other states, like
"We don't have a choice. We have to do it and I don't think it's going to make that big of a difference because we live so close to
However, some have strong feelings about it.
"There shouldn't be a tax on food. We pay enough taxes as it is. There should be no tax on food. Most people down here feel this way, business people and especially the eating places," said long-time
That is not the only tax hike residents will be seeing. To provide the revenue to support the spending plan, the councilors have decided on the following:
1) Vehicle License Fee to $25 from $24
2) Lodging Tax Increase to six
percent from five percent
3) Per-pack tax on cigarettes to 35
cents from 25 cents.
4) Sanitation Fee at five dollars
each month, to be billed bimonthly with water and sewer bills.
Mary Blowe, finance director with the City of
Once these rates were put into place, the total approved budget was $209,779,268. That includes money for government operational costs and school operations.
The Fiscal Year will begin on