Here is Greater Lowell Technical High School Committee Candidate Fred Bahou saying that the City Council should vote in the incremental increase in the tax on meals.
Aside from the fact that I agree with him on this issue, I like the fact that he is forthright on it as he goes before the voters this November.
The point is, the Lowell City Budget is $295 million dollars and as accepted by the City Council a few weeks ago,♠ included an estimated $450,000 from the 0.75% surtax on meals. That is 74¢ on every $100 spent at a restaurant. Maybe it is OK with me since when my wife and I go out to dinner we spend way less than $100. I am thinking, without drinks, this is less than 50¢ per visit to your favorite restaurant.
But, the point is, we have to be responsible and if we budget to include this $450,000 from the tax, then we need to raise the money—or cut services. That is, or should be, the Republican Party way.
Regards — Cliff
♠ Well, the City Council did vote to defend one personnel slot.