Greenwood seeks OK to levy tax

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Greenwood has approved the first step needed to start charging diners an extra tax.

The city council approved adding Greenwood to a list of communities asking state lawmakers for the option to approve a 1 percent local food and beverage tax. If Greenwood gets the OK from the state, the city council can vote in the summer on whether to tax prepared foods sold by restaurants, caterers and deli counters in Greenwood.

The tax would be charged in addition to the current sales tax of 7 percent and county food and beverage tax of 1 percent. Greenwood would use the estimated $700,000 in annual tax money to help fund its parks and recreation, fire and police departments.

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