Tax targets park, police funding

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Extended walking trails, new park shelters and more police officers could be what a tax on your burger buys for Greenwood in 2014.

Greenwood wants to ask the state legislature next year for the option to approve a food and beverage tax. The city is one of 10 in the state asking lawmakers for permission to decide for itself whether to collect an additional 1 percent tax on the prepared food and drinks restaurants, caterers and deli counters sell.

If state lawmakers approve the request and the city chooses to implement the tax, Greenwood would use the money to fund its parks and recreation, police and fire departments. Police officers and park infrastructure projects are on the wish lists of the department managers if they were to get more funding, officials said.

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