ATTICA, Ind. (WLFI)-If you ever stop at a food or beverage business in the town of Attica you might notice a slight increase on your receipt.
"The regular city budget doesn't really allow for too much economic development,” said Susan Stolls the Clerk-Treasurer of Attica. “The 1% tax was small and it would not only be imposed upon our citizens but it would be imposed upon the tourists that come through we have a lot of traffic because of the Badlands."
The goal of the tax is to create revenue for economic development projects throughout the community.
"We feel like our population is declining and anything that we can do to put some more money into improving our infrastructure, stabilizing our buildings bringing businesses, and getting people to move to Attica is a good thing,” added Stolls.
A big focus of that economic development will be the community's downtown area.
"Some buildings have gone into disrepair,” said Stolls. “We feel it's really important for the economic health of the city that that area be stabilized and improved."
Local businesses in downtown Attica say they are excited that the community is trying to invest in revitalizing the area.
"Downtown needs a pick-me-up,” said Tina Mullins the co-owner of Attica Vapors. “I think it would be great if the money went to downtown revitalization."
Especially if the revitalization and economic development can bring more jobs to the area.
"Anything that would create jobs would be fantastic here,” added Mullins “The more jobs the better that would definitely help infuse more money back into the community and give the town a little bit more of a lift."
The food and beverage tax does affect every food and drinks establishment within the city limits of Attica. If a drink is one dollar the tax would add one cent to the overall cost. Stoll says they don't yet know how much revenue it'll raise.
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