Where Candidates Stand on The Tax
Jim Kee - District 2 Candidate
Donnell J. Hardy - District 1 Candidate
Sal Leone - At Large Candidate
Nancy Barakat Vaughan - At Large Candidate
However, as confirmed by the City Manger, there were never any council level discussions about a prepared food tax. I found the statement "We are committed to protecting the restaurant industry and its patrons by fighting the PROPOSED (emphasis mine) discriminatory Prepared Foods Tax / Restaurant Tax." to be misleading to the general public since there is no PROPOSED tax. Based on recent discussions, I would NOT support such a tax. On the TREBIC questionnaire, when asked about the prepared food tax, I answered "not sure" because there was no context to the question. I also indicated that any prepared food tax should be subject to a public referendum."
"Additionally, the City Council does not have the ability to institute a prepared food/restaurant tax without the approval of the North Carolina General Assembly."
Marikay Abuzuaiter - At Large Candidate
"After reviewing the information provided to a few and NOT to me, I would definitely be AGAINST a prepared food tax. I could never automatically speak against the wishes of the residents of Greensboro if elected and I stated that in my answer on the survey. Our small independent restaurants & businesses are suffering in this economy and I would never vote to hurt ANY small business. I have ALWAYS fought to protect our small businesses and will continue to do so!"
Dianne Bellamy-Small - District 1 Candidate
"Brown presented a chart of organizations that would benefit from $9M raised if we levied a 1% prepared food tax in Guilford County. As I was shaking my head no Dianne Bellamy-Small sitting behind me asked, "why don't we do 2 cent?"."
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Robbie Perkins - Mayor Candidate
Perkin's response via the Yes! Weekly Blog. By the way, what's the "Alternative Revenue Stream"? And "I think I wrote...?" Nice campaign speak for I don't want to admit.
"Perkins called the campaign a "made-up issue" and accused those behind it of attempting to "mislead the voting public."
"I think I wrote on my questionnaire that this is something that could be considered if you were going to create a coliseum authority," Perkins told YES! Weekly. "The only way not to have taxpayers subsidize the coliseum is to create an authority and put in an alternative revenue stream."
The No Restaurant Tax Facebook page links to a January 2010 article by Fox 8 TV indicating that Perkins proposed an authority to oversee the coliseum. But Perkins has not advocated the creation of a coliseum authority since that time. Last month, he addressed Conservatives for Guilford County and defended the current arrangement in which the coliseum is subsidized by the city of Greensboro's general fund.
"I look at the billion dollars of tourism business in Guilford County as a huge community asset," Perkins said. "And the centerpiece of that business is the Greensboro Coliseum. So the million and a half dollars that we are giving the coliseum out of the general fund each year is a small part of the many millions that we bring in through that facility to the benefit of our citizens. I contend that the tourism business, the hotel business and the restaurant business would not be close to the same in our city without the coliseum driving that business."
Today, Perkins said, "Is it on the table? No. Should it be on the table? Unless we decided to move forward with some kind of authority for the coliseum, there's no reason for it to be on the table.""
"Perkins has at least two ideas on how to distribute expenses: a restaurant tax or a hotel/motel tax. "
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C. Bradley Hunt, II - District 2 Candidate
"I was under the impression that the revenue generated by this restarant tax would be used to sustain and expand small and minority businesses. If the revenue is used for those purposes then I am for the tax. If not, then I will need to revisit this issue. We live in difficult economic conditions and we must begin to create new streams of sustainable income to spur economic development in our city. If it's not a 1 percent restaurant tax then how do we achieve this objective? This item should require a referendum and be decided by all citizens and buisness owners."
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