Thursday, August 21, 2008

Drink Tax referendum challenged

Councilman Chuck McCullough and Smithfield Cafe owner John Petrolias filed a lawsuit Wednesday against a referendum bill passed by County Council August 5th. Petrolias thinks it's tough times for any tax hike. He says like the way people do, government should "make do with what you have." Petrolias says the hospitality industry is always targeted and a broad-based tax to support the Port Authority is more justified.

However, the referendum asks voters whether they want to eliminate the 10 percent drink tax in exchange for increased property taxes.

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