Friday, July 25, 2014

County revises liquor tax distribution

By The Herald Staff | 3/14/2014

It won’t pour, but a trickle of money Franklin County receives from a liquor tax will find its way to local communities.

The Franklin County Board of Commissioners hopes to distribute about $2,000 from a liquor tax. By statute, the funds go to three areas, including a special parks and recreation fund, according to county documents. The board of commissioners passed a resolution Wednesday morning that will require the Franklin County clerk to send written notices to the eligible communities in Franklin County requesting applications for reimbursement from the parks and recreation fund.

It won’t pour, but a trickle of money Franklin County receives from a liquor tax will find its way to local communities.

The Franklin County Board of Commissioners hopes to distribute about $2,000 from a liquor tax. By statute, the funds go to three areas, including a special parks and recreation fund, according to county documents. The board of commissioners passed a resolution Wednesday morning that will require the Franklin County clerk to send written notices to the eligible communities in Franklin County requesting applications for reimbursement from the parks and recreation fund.

Lisa Johnson, Franklin County administrator, said the resolution was to formalize a policy that already was being used by the county. The resolution informs the county clerk exactly who should be notified and when the actions should take place.

Cities with populations of 6,000 or more, like Ottawa, already receive 70 percent of the funds collected by the state from clubs, drinking establishments and from caterers whose place of business is in the city. Cities with populations less than 6,000 also already receive 46 2/3 percent of the collected funds from such businesses in those cities, according to county documents.

According to the resolution, all requests for reimbursement must be submitted to the Franklin County Clerk’s Office by Nov. 30 of each year. The funds will be distributed by the county clerk before Dec. 31 of each year, and all funds will be evenly divided between all eligible requests for reimbursement.

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