The following letter is from John McDonnell, North End / Waterfront resident and Managing Director International, Fifth Generation, Inc., Home of Tito’s Handmade Vodka.
I am writing because I want to make sure that everyone in our neighborhood is aware of the fact that Boston City Councilors Bill Linehan and Frank Baker have proposed a new 2% tax on ALL alcohol sales in the City of Boston. I suggest that readers act now by calling and emailing all city councilors, starting with Councilor Sal LaMattina, to tell them that you are opposed to this new tax.
Below are a few points:
-Nearly 50% 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.
Thank you for your assistance.
City Council General Line—617-635-3040