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Tish County man proposes 2 percent alcohol tax
by Jebb Johnston
Jul 10, 2013 | 207 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
IUKA — Now that alcoholic beverages and beer are legal in Tishomingo County, an Iuka man wants an additional tax on them to benefit youth.

Charles “Tubby” Aldridge, who successfully petitioned to get a referendum on the sale of beer and alcoholic beverages in the county, is proposing a 2 percent tax be added to alcohol sales to go toward projects for youth — playgrounds, skate parks or whatever officials deem appropriate, he said. The tax would be in addition to the normally collected sales tax of 7 percent.

“This is really what I was after all the time, but first of all I had to get the alcohol here before I could go for this,” said Aldridge. “It’s time we do something for these kids. It’s always about grownups.”

The tax would likely require action by the Mississippi Legislature to become reality.

Aldridge hopes to gather several thousand signatures of residents in support of the idea to present to officials. There is no required number since it is not a petition for an election.

The petition appears in a full-page advertisement in this week’s edition of the Tishomingo County News. Aldridge said he may also set up at locations to gather signatures.

Beer sales recently began but a liquor store is yet to open in the county. Residents approved liquor sales by a 42-vote margin and beer sales by a 73-vote margin on May 21.
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