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One-Percent Food And Beverage Tax Hike On Table In Monroe County

Last updated on Wednesday, December 6, 2017

(BLOOMINGTON) - The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce says it’s backing a one-percent food and beverage tax hike for Monroe County.

The tax would apply to all of Monroe County.

Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton is also supporting the tax hike which would generate an extra $17 million annually.

Some of the funds will fund the expansion of the Monroe Convention Center in downtown Bloomington.

The Monroe County Council will likely vote on the proposal on Wednesday, December 13th.

Mayor Hamilton says the new convention center expansion say it will enrich the local economy by creating space for larger events to take place in Bloomington, indirectly drawing business into Monroe County.

The Monroe County Citizens Against the Food and Beverage Tax are calling it the Zombie tax because it's been proposed and "killed" twice before. They have a Facebook page called "Kill the Zombie Tax of Monroe County."

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