The final decision on a possible 2% food, beverage and alcohol tax in Quincy is now just one week away.
Aldermen are taking into consideration feedback heard at Monday’s city council meeting.
As employees at Haubrich Enterprises in Quincy loaded up trucks for beer distribution, General Manager and President Anthony Haubrich can’t help but think what his business might look like this time next year if the city decides to go through with a food/beverage and alcohol tax.
“With a case of beer it’s estimated at 50 cents a gallon goes towards federal tax,” said Haubrich. “If you look at state tax, it’s 23 cents on a gallon of beer and now you’re going to be looking at a city sales tax that’s going to hit beer.”
Haubrich fears Quincy will continue to lose shoppers to Missouri, just like it has with the gas tax and cigarette tax.
“Now compound that with anywhere from a 60 to 80 cent increase in the cost of a case of beer, that may go over there as well,” said Haubrich.
Gabe McClean is the owner of The Abbey and fears losing customers as well.
“Being a small business owner, we pay a lot of taxes anyway,” said McClean. “Heck, everybody in the state pays a lot of taxes.”
It wasn’t all negative feedback at Monday’s meeting; Mary Oakley Winters expressed support of the 2% tax increase. She says she doesn’t like the word taxes, but something needs to be done in order to keep Quincy moving in the right direction.
“A 2% add on creates revenue that is completely additive to our city’s future and almost invisible to the source paying the 2%,” said Winters.
Even with the back and forth at Monday’s meeting, Mayor Kyle Moore is staying optimistic ahead of next week’s final decision.
“We never thought this would be easy,” said Moore. “We will proceed and hopefully have a positive outcome on Monday.”
Aldermen will take up the issue for a final vote on Monday. However, they did make an amendment to the ordinance on Monday. If passed, the 2% will expire in five years, leaving the aldermen to once again take up the issue in the year 2025.
The 2% food, beverage and alcohol tax is set to fund the mayor’s 45-by-30 plan. That plan aims to increase Quincy’s population to 45,000 by the year 2030.