when the Mayor did this in E-town he lost his bid for RE-ELECTION, and I will be voting against Mr. Thomason in the future!
It also fulfilled newly-elected council member Jerry Schlosser’s campaign promise to attempt to repeal the tax
I want to say THANK YOU to Mr Schlosser for being a man of his word and to Harold Miller and Margaret Fey for standing with us and trying to get rid of this ADDITIONAL TAX that has been forced upon us!!!
A bid to repeal Leitchfield’s 3 percent sales tax on prepared foods was narrowly defeated at the Monday, Jan. 7, city council meeting, with Mayor William Thomason casting the tie-breaking vote against the measure.
The vote followed a sometimes spirited public debate on the merits of the tax, how its proceeds should be spent, and the city’s vision for the future.
It also fulfilled newly-elected council member Jerry Schlosser’s campaign promise to attempt to repeal the tax. Near the end of the meeting he made a motion to repeal the tax retroactive to Jan. 1, saying he knew it “might be controversial, but I’ve got to do what I think is right.”
His, fellow new council member Harold Miller, and Margaret Fey voted in favor of the motion. Steven Elder, Raymond “Tooty” Cottrell and Billy Dallas voted against it.
The meeting started with comments against the tax from local resident Ann Huff, who said she and her husband eat out frequently and are feeling the tax’s effects. She estimated they’ve spent about $440 eating out since October, which would include about $14 in taxes.
Huff said she’s opposed to the tax in general, but specifically disagrees with its potential use to fund a new outdoor swimming pool on the city’s southeast side — something she termed “a ridiculous thing to spend so much money on.”
Larry and Cathy Durst spoke in favor of the tax, arguing it can help Leitchfield pay for recreational and development projects it couldn’t otherwise tackle.
“I think this one particular thing (a repeal vote) is a bad turn in the wrong direction,” he said, adding he believed a lot of people would be upset if the tax were repealed.
Jay Dinwiddie, one of the owners of the Alice Theater and Alexander Hotel, also spoke in favor of the tax, saying most people “don’t see or feel it” and that it even being an issue “indicates some people aren’t thinking clearly.
He noted restaurant tax funding is a possible source of money to renovate the old theater complex, and said if the city messes up this opportunity it likely won’t get another one to stop the site from becoming low-income housing.
Elder noted that Bardstown has had a restaurant tax since 1977, and has invested the money in downtown renovations and improvements.
The mayor also spoke in favor of the tax, noting that if frees up other city monies that can be used on upgrading equipment and other services.