Georgetown Talks Sunday Alcohol Sales, Restaurant Tax

Times are tough in Georgetown, not only did 12 city employees lose their jobs over the weekend, but city officials are now considering a tax hike to help pay for a budget shortfall.

Leaders gathered Monday evening to discuss several proposals at a city hall meeting. There the Georgetown city council will review options to generate revenue.

Over the weekend, Mayor Karen Tingle-Sames confirmed to
27 NEWSFIRST, she implemented furloughs and laid off 12 city employees.

Most of the layoffs were in the fire, building inspection, and police departments.

The mayor says the city is riding its slimmest budget in recent memory.

During Monday nights council meeting, both Sunday alcohol sales and a restaurant tax were brought up.

The Sunday alcohol sales would generate about 12 to $15,000 annually for the city. While it's not a huge amount, supporters say it would also create jobs and keep people and their money in Georgetown, rather then go else where like Lexington.

A three-percent restaurant tax if imposed would generate about 1.2 million for the city. However officials would be restricted as to how they could use that money.

A vote on the Sunday alcohol sales will be on Monday March 9th at city hall. A second reading for the proposed restaurant tax has not been set, as council members agreed they need more time to research it.

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