Food and beverage tax big topic at Vigo County cracker barrel session

A large crowd turned out for the second Vigo County cracker barrel session. Citizens like Becky Buse is no stranger to these sessions. Others like Buse came to discuss with these public officials about a proposed food and beverage tax for Vigo County.

Posted: Feb. 25, 2018 5:07 PM
Updated: Feb. 25, 2018 7:12 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI)- A large crowd turned out for the second Vigo County cracker barrel session. Citizens like Becky Buse is no stranger to these sessions.

Others like Buse came to discuss with these public officials about a proposed food and beverage tax for Vigo County.

"It would make such a difference especially with Hulman Center coming on and we have such a good clear plan what we would do with the money," said Buse.

Senator Jon Ford who sponsored Senate Bill 35 has been all for this extra income. Though some people raised concerns for the tax Senator Ford has been very happy to see such support from the community.

"This was a local government issue that they brought. They got businesses together. They galvanized our community and it’s going to help us in the general assembly long term because they haven't seen that from Terre Haute," said Senator Ford.

One thing ford wanted to stress is it wouldn't immediately go into effect if it is passed. The county would have the power to impose the tax when needed.

"It’s not an automatic if we get it through the general assembly that its going to be an instant tax. If you look at Bloomington for example, it took them seven years before they really needed to implement it. Its just another tool for the local government," said Senator Ford.

For many they used this crackerbarrel session as a way to not only express their concerns to public officials but also to educate themselves on what could come to be in the future.

"I would urge all people to come to these. It’s just a teaching tool that's what it is," said Buse.

Senate Bill 35 which is the Vigo County food and beverage tax has been sent to the house but it may be sometime before we learn the fate of the bill.

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