Goose Creek Council talks tax on prepared food

Goose Creek Council to decide hospitality tax

GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - Diners in Goose Creek might soon see a new tax tacked onto their restaurant receipts.

City Council is discussing the approval of a two-percent hospitality tax, which would apply to all prepared food and beverages.

Many restaurant managers say they are fearful the new tax will hurt their customer base.

"I'm worried it's going to affect our customers and hurt our business a little bit," Philly Cheesesteak manager Cheryl Dufour says.  "People are going to start eating at home a lot more."

City Administrator Dennis Harmon says the tax would generate about one million dollars per year.  He says the money would go towards capital projects, including the second phase of a community center.

A second and final reading on the issue is scheduled for this Thursday.  Mayor Michael Heitzler says he is confident the tax will be unanimously passed by council.  If it is approved, the tax would go into effect in October.

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