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February 25, 2014

Tourism approves restaurant tax proposal

Recommends it to London City Council

CORBIN — By LeeAnn Cain / Staff Writer

The London Tourism and Convention Commission approved the proposal of a three-percent restaurant tax at a special meeting held Monday afternoon.

Commission member Mackey Williams made the motion to recommend the tax to the city council in their meeting on Monday, March 3, and the motion was seconded by member Holly Little. It was approved unanimously.

According to commission member Troy House, the estimated budget for the commission is around $2.6 million, although the precise budget has not yet been drawn up.

Chairman Bill Dezarn gave an estimated revenue from the restaurant tax to be approximately $1 million. House believes the city council will be supportive of the restaurant tax, and Mayor Troy Rudder has vocalized his support for the tax in previous meetings.

“I think with time (the public) will support it,” Little said of the proposed tax.

Citizens have voiced their opposition to the tax in previous meetings, but the commission members say the restaurant tax could fund plans for a water park, a performing arts theater, a bird sanctuary or the completion of a nature reserve near Levi Jackson State Park.

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