Quincy News

Food-and-beverage tax proposal could bring discussion at City Council

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Nov. 18, 2019 12:01 am

QUINCY -- Brandon VanCamp is looking forward to addressing members of the Quincy City Council.

Van Camp, who operates the Instant Replay sports bar at 28th and Chestnut, is one of several people scheduled to speak Monday night about a proposed 2% food and beverage tax before council votes.

VanCamp said he feels the measure is trying to be pushed through without adequate discussion.

"At least postpone (any action) for a month or so," VanCamp told The Herald-Whig on Sunday.

If approved, funds from the tax would be directed to a variety of economic development initiatives proposed by Mayor Kyle Moore in his 45x30 initiative. The plan is designed to grow the city's population to 45,000 residents by the year 2030. There are currently about 40,000 people living in the city.

"I think I share the same concerns other bar and restaurant owners do," VanCamp said. "We'll have to raise our prices."

"I'm also concerned about what if (Moore's proposal) does not work? Where does the money go then?"

John Ridder of Quincy, who was a Sunday afternoon customer at Instant Replay, also has reservations about the would-be tax. He said he was worried about what he felt is vagueness concerning the proposal. He said he doesn't feel the general public has been made aware enough about specific details of the tax.

"I feel we're overtaxed with everything as it is," Ridder said.

The new tax is designed to generate an estimated $1.4 million annually, but those who oppose it feel it would have an adverse effect on the city's economy by driving more business across the Mississippi River to West Quincy, Palmyra and Hannibal.