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Petition seeks vote on food tax


The Town of Camp Verde will be looking at what steps to take this week regarding opposition to a sales tax on food.For many families, grocery shopping for the week is done on Sundays, and people hustle and bustle in and out of Camp Verde’s grocery store. The Town Council recently cleared the way for a food tax, which did not sit well with the public. A petition to bring the issue to the ballot has garnered enough signatures to pass.

The town currently charges no tax on food, a practice that differs from neighboring communities.

The Town Council recently voted 4-3 to make food, like that bought at the grocery store, subject to a 3 percent tax.

Technically, the decision doesn’t create a new tax but revokes an exemption that has allowed food to be sold tax-free, at least as far as potential municipal revenue is concerned.

The tax was supposed to go into effect Monday, Dec. 1.

A political committee, Citizens Committed to Reducing Regulatory Burdens, was formed to circulate a petition to force a public vote on the issue.

The effort resulted in 273 signatures by last week’s deadline. It needed 199.

To read the full story, see the Wednesday, Nov. 5, edition of The Camp Verde Journal.

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