Greenwood to legislature: Put restaurant tax on menu

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Greenwood might tax your dinner date or take-out lunch an extra 1 percent to help fund its police and parks departments.

City council members gave a first approval to asking the legislature for permission to approve the tax, a decision that was rushed onto the city council agenda for Monday night. Notice wasn’t given to the public about the vote, which, if approved, could allow the city to implement a 1 percent local tax on every restaurant bill. People buying a sandwich at a grocery deli counter or gas station also would pay the tax.

The city council hasn’t decide if it wants the tax yet. And before any decision can be made, the city has to get the approval of state lawmakers to be allowed to charge a local food and beverage tax.

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