James Island Town Council to vote on hospitality tax

James Island Town Council to vote on hospitality tax

JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Those who go out to eat on James Island may soon notice higher prices.

Thursday, James Island Town Council is expected to pass the second and final reading of an ordinance to impose a two-percent hospitality tax.

The tax would apply to all prepared food and drinks on James Island. Officials say the it could help fund bike lanes, complete sidewalks and improve traffic signals.

James Island Town Council passed a first reading of the ordinance in April.

James Island Mayor Bill Woolsey says the tax would bring in about $400,000 a year. It's a small piece to larger price tag. He anticipates the funding will come from various sources.

Councilmember Garrett Milliken was the lone dissenter in the last vote.

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.

If approved, the tax will go in effect July 1.

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