A proposed new tax would add on one-half percent to the total meal and beverage bill. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Bald Head Island)

Rep. Iler re-introduces ‘meal tax’ to fund beach renourishment projects in Brunswick County

Brunswick County residents: Would you be willing to pay an extra 10 cents on a $20 food and drink tab to pay for beach renourishment?

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — A meal tax bill could mean more funds for beach nourishment projects in Brunswick County.

During the first week of the new legislative session, Representative Frank Iller filed legislation that did not move out of the House last session.

The bill, House Bill 17, would authorize Brunswick County’s 19 municipalities to levy a food and beverage tax at up to one-half percent of the sales price — 10 cents for a $20 tab.

House Bill 398, proposed in 2017, called for the creation of the same tax. Both Rep. Iler, Republican, and Democratic Representative Deb Butler signed on to sponsor both versions of the bill. At the time, the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association spoke out against the bill, saying it would unfairly impact both locals and local, family-owned restaurants.

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