c4L’s take on Anderson’s hospitality tax hike

The Anderson Independent-Mail is reporting that members of the County Council are feeling the heat about the proposed food and drink tax hike.

In fact, one Councilman who previously supported the tax hike admits he’s now having second thoughts. Your pressure is working.  But the fight is far from over.
While some members are considering changing their positions, County Councilman Ken Waters is digging in his heels — publicly calling our efforts to stop the tax hike “inflammatory” and “misleading.”
That’s why you and I must PACK THE HOUSE when the Anderson County Council meets on September 20 to consider passing the food and drink tax hike.
Can I count on you to be there to voice your opposition to raising taxes?
The details of the September 20 meeting are as follows:

Anderson County Council Meeting
Tuesday, September 20th at 6:30 p.m.
The Historic Courthouse – Council Chambers, 2nd floor
101 South Main Street
Anderson, SC 29624
As you know, the proposed Food and Drink Tax is estimated to cost roughly $350 per household — or $130 per person in the unincorporated areas covered under the current proposal.
Such a massive tax hike would hurt families already struggling to make ends meet, crush local businesses and destroy jobs in the process!
Here are some of the many comments we’ve heard from business owners and Anderson County residents about the devastating impact a food and drink tax hike would have on our community:
“Mom and Pop restaurants are going to find it hard to comply and may face huge fines and jail time if they fail to correctly do so.”
“Local charities are going to feel the pain of this.  They are going to have to pay hospitality tax at their catered events.”Because they are purchasing prepared food for their guests.
“Less people will be eating out and restaurants are going to have to close and lay off their employees.  How will that help the economy?”
And regarding the water slide park the tax will fund, one frustrated tax payer said:
“When have water slides ever helped grow the economy?  It isn’t a year round business and they are never profitable.  The maintenance on those things is unbelievable!”
As you can see, the proposed food and drink tax hike would be a disaster to say the least.
Here’s what you can do to help stop it:

  1. Mark your calendars for the September 20th County Council meeting and do your best to be there and voice your opposition;
  2. If you haven’t yet done so, please sign your “NO! Food and Drink Tax Hike” petition immediately.

    If you’ve already signed your petition, please forward the link to your friends, family members and neighbors in Anderson and ask them to sign their petition as well;

  3. Chip in $10 or more to help offset the cost of this critical program.

    Any amount you can afford at this time is greatly appreciated and will be put to immediate use to stop the food and drink tax hike.

Kevin , thank you in advance for helping fight back against the proposed food and drink tax hike.
I’ll be sure to keep you updated as the fight progresses!
Don’t forget to mark your calendars for September 20th!
In Liberty,

Talbert Black, Jr.
Palmetto Liberty in Anderson

P.S Palmetto Liberty operates solely on the support and generosity of patriots like you.
So after you sign your petition, please chip in a gift of $5 or $10 to help fund these types of critical programs and roll back the tide of big government.