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James Island diners may have to pay new hospitality tax

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People dining out on James Island may soon be faced with a more expensive bill, after town council approved the first reading of a hospitality tax.

The proposed hospitality tax would impose a 2-percent tax on all prepared food and drink in restaurants and bars.

James Island Town Council passed a first reading of the ordinance Thursday night. 

Councilmember Garrett Milliken was the lone dissenter.

Milliken said many other lowcountry cities and towns impose similar taxes to cash in on tourism, but James Island does not cater to tourists.

“There would be a bigger impact on native James Island residents than any tourist crowd,” he said.

Town council must pass two more readings of the ordinance before the tax can be imposed.

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