The restaurant tax, a fund raising utilized by Carbon County to finance local activities and building, may be in jeopardy if a bill sponsored in the state legislature by Rep. Craig Frank, R-Pleasant Grove is approved. For several years counties in Utah have been allowed to add a 1 percent tax to restaurant checks for sales of prepared food.
Frank's bill would repeal the restaurant tax and replace it with a smaller increase in sales tax on most purchases county wide. It is estimated that the 1 percent added to restaurant receipts generates more revenues locally than a smaller increase in the general sales tax would.
I would also like to point out that tourists share in paying the restaurant tax as they patronize local eating establishments, many of them from out of state.