City Council tables restaurant tax - again

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By Linda Ireland

 Hodgenville City Council agreed Monday – for the second consequent month – to postpone first reading of a proposed 2 percent restaurant tax.

Councilman Jim Phelps again made the motion to table the matter. He asked City Clerk MaDonna Hornback to provide copies of tax ordinances of five neighboring cities for comparison.

Hornback said she could find them online and would provide copies. Council members Bonnie Clark and Kenny DeVore also requested copies.

Phelps said last month he didn’t feel like he’d had enough time to go over the ordinance.

The proposed tax would be applied to all prepared food sold within city limits. An ordinance to establish a tourism and convention commission to oversee the tax receipts already has been approved.

The council has been considering the tax since it was brought up by the LaRue County Park and Recreation Board of Directors in February. The Board said they needed sustainable funding; however, the tax cannot be used for that purpose, according to Ray Gillespie and Bill Abner, members of the Kentucky Hotel and Lodging Association. Gillespie and Abner spoke at an Aug. 28 forum hosted by the Hodgenville Restaurant Association.