A Scottsbluff businessman Monday night objected to the Scottsbluff council’s consideration of a one and a half percent restaurant tax to help fund needed city infrastructure improvements.
Godfather’s Pizza owner Dave Thiele told the council he has been able to hold prices for three years even with additional labor costs,but now is faced with raising prices due to the council’s proposed action.
Thiele said, “I have not raised prices but now I have the council doing it for me. So now my customers have to pay more for something we have already voted on.” Voters in the last primary turned down an additional sales tax to pay for additional infrastructure needs.
Thiele said if the council eventually approves the tax they are “circumventing the will of the voters” by backdooring it with a move that does not have to gain voter approval and is targeted to just one sector of the business community.
The only other restaurant owner to comment on the tax was Runza’s Neal Blomenkamp, who told the council earlier this month he supported it.
The council will consider a third and final reading of the restaurant tax ordinance at their next meeting.