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Petitioning Philadelphia City Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. and 17 others

Mayor Michael Nutter and Philadelphia City Council: Do Not Increase the “liquor-by-the-drink” tax in Philadelphia


This petition is important because most Philadelphia area liquor licensed establishments will be forced to absorb this additional 5% tax increase into their own costs, any additional increase in the “liquor-by-the-drink” tax  will most certainly jeopardize the livelihoods and businesses of thousands of hard working hospitality industry workers and business people.

In today's tough economy, some already struggling establishments may be forced out of business to avoid further losses.

Let's work together to find another solution without creating another problem and not sacrifice one industry for another!

Letter to
Philadelphia City Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr.
Philadelphia City Council President Darrell L. Clarke
Phila. City Councilman David Oh
and 15 others
Phila. City Councilman James Kenney
Phila. City Councilman Dennis O'Brien
Phila. City Councilman Bill Green
Phila. City Council Woman Cindy Bass
Phila. City Councilman Bobby Henon
Philadelphia City Councilman Mark Squilla
Mayor of Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter
Philadelphia City Council Woman Blondell Reynolds Brown
Philadelphia City Councilman Brian O’Neill
Philadelphia City Council Woman Marian B. Tasco
Philadelphia City Council Woman Jannie Blackwell
Phila. City Councilman William K. Greenlee
Philadelphia City Councilman W. Wilson Goode, Jr.
Phila. City Council Woman Maria D. Quiñones-Sánchez
Philadelphia City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson
Do Not Increase the “liquor-by-the-drink” tax in Philadelphia

Recently it has been announced that the Mayor Michael Nutter and City Council of Philadelphia are considering increasing the “liquor-by-the-drink” tax by 5% in order to raise money for the School District of Philadelphia

Although this drink tax is suppose to be passed on to patrons, for competitive and economic purposes, inevitably, most Philadelphia area liquor licensed establishments will be forced to absorb this additional 5% tax increase into their own costs without passing it on to their patrons and therefore will be forced to cut corners elsewhere which will include product and employee job cut backs.

Also, in today's tough economy, some already struggling establishments may be forced out of business to avoid further losses.

The Current 10% “liquor-by-the-drink” makes it difficult enough for Philadelphia liquor licensees to operate efficiently and offer patrons a reasonably priced product and atmosphere. Any additional increase will most certainly jeopardize the livelihoods and businesses of thousands of hard working hospitality industry workers and business people

The Philadelphia Hospitality Industry is committed to helping to assist schools in every way possible from hosting fund raising efforts to sponsoring events. Let's work together to find another solution without creating another problem and not sacrifice one industry for another!