Letter: Reconsider food, beverage tax

To the editor:

“We live here too,” is what Greenwood Mayor Mark Myers needs to be reminded of when he wants state legislators to allow cities and towns to establish a food and beverage tax.

While some folks who dine in our community do not reside here, the main source of revenue at our establishments is local patrons (read: taxpayers). If the mayor wants more funds for the police department, for example, then let him put it in his proposed annual budget and justify the city tax rate to the city council and taxpayers.

Keeping the city tax rate artificially low while levying taxes elsewhere is a shell game we patrons do not appreciate. Let’s get our taxes up front and out in the open through the budgeting process.

Gordon Pitman