December 27, 2010
Munfordville KY Restaurant Tax
Jim Skees wrote me today with a great story. He's a subscriber to the Fire Pit and the McDonalds restaurant in Munfordville, KY passed through the drive-through window a piece of straw plus two coffees. I'm not talking a drinking straw. Think of the one that you'd put on a camel's back.
It all makes sense if you read this:
I just wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know how you have inspired me. I live outside Louisville, Kentucky. My family lives south of Bowling Green, about 120 miles south on I-65. I have been making that trip several times a year for the past 30 years. Yesterday, on the way back from celebrating Christmas with the family, I stopped for a cup of coffee at a MacDonalds in Munfordville, about half-way home. I noticed on the little screen at the drive-thru that the tax on our two $1 cups was 18 cents.
Having a master's degree in engineering, I quickly determined that the total did not match our state's 6% standard theivery. When I asked why the tax was at 9% instead of the normal 6%, I was told that Munfordville has a 3% restaurant tax.
Shamefully, the only one to receive my wrath at that point was the poor minimum wage guy at the drive-thru window. I tried to make sure he understood that I was not angry with him, but to make sure he told his manager and passed it on to the Democrats that run that community the Tea Party had stopped by, but would NEVER come back.
When I got home, I looked up the number for the Chamber of Commerce in Munfordville and left a message that after 30 years of steady business there, I would now be taking my two dollar purchase once a month to the McDonalds at Cave City, two exits down.
That'll learn um.
Jim, wait till you start to travel like I do. The lodging taxes, food tax, travel tax, etc. that communities load onto travelers who can't vote in a city make quite a few travelers upset.
Their excuse is that while you're in the fair city you're using their infrastructure, police, fire department, etc. without paying. My argument is that's no way to treat a guest. There's absolutely two sides to that story, but wait till you see a hotel bill that's got 18 percent or more taxes on top of it.