A local meal tax is off the menu in Chapin.
Town Council turned down the proposal 4-1 on Tuesday, with Mayor Skip Wilson in favor.
The proposal would have added two pennies on the dollar to meals in restaurants, take-out food and some snacks. It was estimated to raise up to $360,000 annually for the community of an estimated 1,700 residents.
Wilson suggested the tax as a way to make nonresidents help pay for road improvements, sidewalks and other services instead of higher property taxes and fees.
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The proposal ran into opposition from business owners and residents.
Three of 14 Lexington County communities have the tax and all are much larger in population – Cayce, Lexington and West Columbia.
The tax is uniform in adjoining Richland County.
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