Step aside Pennington, there's a new liquor tax advocate in town
After a successful attempt at keeping the cell phone tax this election, they're going to bring it to the legislature in the hopes of getting even more revenue for County Government:
It is past time, some Minnehaha County commissioners think, for county government to benefit from a liquor tax.Read it all here as you guard your pocketbooks. The counties want revenue. And guess where it's coming from...
That might be something the county board asks lawmakers from Minnehaha County to bring before the state Legislature when it goes into session next year.
The county board is considering several priorities for the 2007 Legislative Session, but they all focus on one concept: money. Besides the liquor tax, their concerns include:
Changing the statutes that govern sheriff's fees, which administrative assistant Ken McFarland says "are no longer remotely reflective of what it costs to provide those particular services."
Setting up a separate distinct levy for ambulance districts, such as the library levy, rather than using general funds.
Counties, which rely on property taxes for their funding, would benefit if all fee schedules for sheriff's services came from local sales tax options, not state statute, McFarland said.and...
Commissioner John Pekas recently had lunch with a group of lawyers, and the smokers in the group gave a blunt directive.
"They said now it's time to raise taxes on alcohol, because if you're taxing me for my sin, you should tax all the drinkers for their sin," Pekas said.
"The failure to take action speaks volume just as much as doing something in the legislature. ... If we're taxing tobacco, there quite simply is no reason to not tax alcohol."