Help fund Substance Abuse Programs
City Council President and South Boston resident Bill Linehan proposed a 6.25% tax on alcohol sales in the city of Boston on Wednesday before the Government Operations Committee.
According to the proposal, the revenue generated from the tax will go to fund local substance abuse treatment programs. This would apply to only liquor store purchases not alcohol sold in bars and restaurants.
According to masslive.com, Massachusetts Package Stores Association Executive Director Frank Anzalotti said that back in 2009 the heart of the statewide tax on liquor sales was the same but the promise to help substance abuse programs wasn’t kept. “We knew back then what happens to bills like this. They siphon the money in that direction for maybe a year, and then they find out it ends up somewhere else in the general fund,” said Anzalotti.
Linehan said due to the way the law is written, the tax will stay dedicated and not end up going to other city functions.
Back in 2010, 6.25 % tax on liquor store sales by the state (Question 1) was repealed by voters with more than 50 percent of the vote.
What do you think, Southie?