"As a resident of
"If it benefits a specific project, maybe I would be more for it,” said Will Mason, owner of eM Restaurant, also in
"Oftentimes, when people look at their bill, they'll see the meals tax in addition to the state tax, and we'll be asked, ‘What is this tax for?’,” said Bohan.
"The restaurants don't benefit from the tax,” Bohan said, which is often a confusion of a city’s typical meals tax. “The restaurants collect that tax, and they pay that tax directly to the city."
While the proposed tax won't necessarily drive away tourists, residents will be the ones who ultimately pay.
"I’d say 80% to 85% of our business is locals. They're going to be the ones who are taking the brunt of this tax," said Mason.
This initiative is just a proposal and would need approval from the City Council.
Iman's proposal comes shortly before his July 1st retirement date.