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Sunday, July 08, 2007

Allegheny County Maneuvering to Place 10 Percent Tax on Drinks

Allegheny County officials have received help from state Senators who slipped language into a proposed Pennsylvania transportation funding bill that would allow the county to slap a 10 percent tax on all alcoholic drinks sold in the county.

Restaurant and bar owners are up in arms over the measure. In 2003, they successfully fought a similar bill proposed in the city of Pittsburgh.

State legislators say that all they are doing is considering a bill that would enable Allegheny officials to impose the tax. Media reports indicate that county officials already have a use for the money the tax would generate: bailing out the Allegheny Port Authority.

Officials have calculated that a 10 percent drink tax and a $2 per day rental car tax would generate about $38 million annually.

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