County Executive Dan Onorato says when he presents his budget proposal to county council he will recommend the drink tax be lowered starting in 2009. County Council member Jim Burn will introduce legislation needed to reduce the tax, but drink tax opponent Kevin Joyce says the proposed reduction is not an acceptable compromise. Onorato says any revenue that exceeds what is needed to fund the port authority will be used for infrastructure needs in the county.
The drink tax is currently on pace to exceed the proposed amount of revenue, Onorato said when he came up with his figures for what he felt the tax would bring in he wanted to be fiscally responsible and not over estimate the figures. The $2 a day car rental tax will not be changed for 2009.