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Goose Creek council to make final vote in tax hike

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Tuesday, the Goose Creek City Council makes a second and final vote on a tax increase on prepared foods. The council tabled the idea in May, but later brought the issue back for a vote.

The city's proposed tax hike would have applied to prepared foods and beverages.  The state caps hospitality taxes at two percent.

According to the city documents, the tax would bring in nearly a million dollars. The mayor said the money would be used for lifestyle projects like developing new green spaces, amphitheaters, and recreation centers. Following the Tuesday meeting, he said the city needs to explore how else the money could be used.

Though the city is out of debt now, the mayor said the tax allows the city to raise money to leverage loans for projects long term as the city continues to grow.

"We need to prepare for that and have dollars we can invest," Mayor Michael J. Heitzler, said previously about the proposed tax. "That million dollars a year can leverage loans for things we need to build."

"We can maintain the city we have now or we can step up," the mayor said. "We are going to ask the citizens if they want to go to the next level."

The vote happens at the City Council meeting Tuesday at 7:00 PM.

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