LIBERTY - A proposed tax on restaurant and lodging facilities in town has raised concern for some restaurant owners who spoke out at a City Council meeting Wednesday evening.
However, the council approved first reading of an ordinance to form a tourism commission to look at possibilities for attracting people to the city.
The city had proposed up to a 3 percent tax to fund a Tourist and Convention Center to promote tourism and economic development. The tax would be imposed on places where the majority of the businesses is prepared food sales. Places that sell gasoline, groceries and have a small restaurant would be exempt.
Mayor Steve Sweeney said if the tax is approved, all of the money collected will be for promotional efforts and distributed by a tourism commission. The seven-member commission to be appointed by Sweeney will have representatives from restaurants and lodging. They will serve three-year terms.