London City Council moves forward with restaurant tax

By: Morgan Lentes Email
By: Morgan Lentes Email

LONDON, Ky (WYMT) - As of Wednesday, the city of London is one step closer to enacting a new tax on restaurants.

The London City Council met to discuss a proposed three percent restaurant tax within the city limits. All the proceeds would go directly to the London Tourism and Convention Commission.

It was a full house at the meeting as community members gathered to speak their mind on a proposed restaurant tax. Burger King franchise owner Richard Conley was one of them.

"We feel like it is not a necessary tax. I think there are folks in the community that are struggling to make ends meet as it is," said Conley.

However, this one is a little different.

Many people said they would gladly pay the extra three cents on the dollar if it meant improving the area's economy through tourism.

Some, like London resident Jack Riley, just question the timing.

"A few years down the road when the economy gets better, then you know I would support it," said Riley.

In total, three council members voted for a second reading, two voted against and one abstained. The city's mayor also voted in favor, which means it will get a second reading.

If it gets final approval, the new tax would go into effect on July 1, 2014.

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