Tourism Commission recommends higher restaurant tax

January 16, 2016

At the Barbourville Tourism and Recreation Commission meeting Monday, it was decided that the commission would present a motion to the city council to slightly raise restaurant taxes within the city from two percent, to three percent.

In 2013, most of the neighboring towns, including Pineville, Harlan, Corbin and Williamsburg, with the same classification as Barbourville, required a three percent restaurant tax within the city. Barbourville, although being one of the first to instate the tax, has not raised the tax since 1993, when it first came into effect and was commonly referred to as the Hamburger Tax.

“We’re trying to compete with London or Corbin and the things that they’re doing with their additional finances,” said commission member Lynn Taylor. “People look at us and say ‘well, why don’t you all do something like that?’ and we just don’t have the funds for it.”

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