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Last updated on Thursday, June 13, 2013
(BLOOMINGTON) - The Monroe County Council held a second hearing Tuesday on a proposal to place a one percent food and beverage tax on Monroe County restaurants.
The money raised from the proposed tax would go to the Bloomington Convention Center.
Council President Geoff McKim says the convention center is a publicly owned building and there is a demand to hold large conferences in the facility and it would create jobs.
But Bloomington businessman David Shuee says the proposal is being overstated and there is not a lot of benefit out of doing this saying the convention center market is overblown and over competitive.
Bloomington resident Brandt Downey says the additional tax would prevent people from going to the restaurants and eventually hurt business and the economy.
McKim says nothing is set in stone and there will be several more meetings before the issue is put to a vote.
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