Letter to the Editor

No to the alcohol sales tax increase

Dear Editor,

I am writing to express my opposition to the proposed 2 percent tax increase on all alcohol sales in the City of Boston. Below I have listed just a few reasons why I am against this proposal.

-Nearly 50 percent of the average cost of a bottle of spirits sold in the City of Boston goes to pay taxes.

-Our local liquor stores and restaurants will be at a competitive disadvantage due to this tax increase. This tax will encourage city residents and tourists to spend their money outside the city limits.

-The City of Boston has collected nearly $120 million in food and beverage taxes with the imposition of the local option sales tax established in 2010.

-When beverage alcohol taxes are raised, it is the working poor who are most affected. Over one-third of all beverage alcohol consumers (spirits, beer, wine) come from households having income of less than $50K.

John McDonnell

Managing Director International

Fifth Generation, Inc.

Home of Tito’s Handmade Vodka

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