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Food, beverage tax increase passes Senate, would fund new convention center

Vigo County residents could soon see a new fee on their restaurant bills.

Posted: May 14, 2018 7:58 PM
Updated: May 15, 2018 10:59 AM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Vigo County residents could soon see a new fee on their restaurant bills.

Senate Bill 35, also known as The Vigo County Food and Beverage Tax, passed in Monday’s special session.

The bill allows the Vigo County Council to choose to adopt a 1 percent food and beverage tax.

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For example, if the bill is passed, and your family spends $20 at a restaurant, the new bill would add 20 cents to the bill.

Sen. Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute) sponsored the bill, and said the increase would generate about $2 million each year. That funding would then be used to build a new convention center in downtown Terre Haute.

News 10 reached out to several county leaders, who said they support the tax, including Mayor Duke Bennett.

“We’re going to be able to build this convention center. So it’s a relief for one, but just to know we had so much community support at the Statehouse to make it a reality, [I] couldn’t be any more excited,” Bennett said.

The bill now moves to Gov. Eric Holcomb’s desk for approval. The final step is then obtaining the approval of the county council.

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