Start of tobacco tax could be delayed

by Mark Arehart on January 10, 2013

At the last regular meeting the Bethel City Council debated some proposed amendments to the upcoming tobacco tax within the city. The law wasn’t changed at the meeting, but council may still make some adjustments: like pushing back the date the tax starts.

The council debated several amendments to the law, most of which were changes in language like swapping out the term “dealers” for “sellers” of tobacco products.

But, one big change council debated is extending the date the tax will actually start on tobacco products.

As it sits now the law will go into effect Sunday February 9th, but several council members have expressed interest in extending that to March 1st, giving retailers more time prepare.

The council will discuss these amendments at a special meeting Monday at noon.

Following that meeting, the council will hold a public hearing on the tobacco tax amendments at its regular January 22nd meeting.

The tax will raise the price of cigarettes by $2.21 per pack and raise the prices for other tobacco products by 45% of the wholesale price.

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