The food and beverage tax that went into effect earlier this year in Monroe County isn’t hitting some businesses as hard as they expected.
If you go out to eat or grab drinks in Monroe County, you’ll have to pay a 1 percent food and beverage tax starting Thursday.
The Monroe County Council is expected to vote tonight on a proposed 1 percent food and beverage tax to help fund the expansion of the convention center.
A final decision on a 1 percent food and beverage tax to fund an expansion of the Monroe County Convention Center could come this week.
The Monroe County Council president says the council needs to further analyze alternative ways to pay for the county's convention center expansion.
Opponents of a proposed 1 percent food and beverage tax say there are other ways to pay for expansion of the convention center.
The council discussed a proposal for a one percent food and beverage tax on Monroe County restaurants Tuesday.
Some county council members said using the taxes to upgrade the convention center was a top priority, but others questioned the benefits it would bring.
The city has lost over $24 million in projected property tax collections in the last four years.
Convention center officials hope to acquire the 2 plots of land at a cost of about $5.3-million.