City Council bill would nix extra tax to help eateries recover COVID

City officials want to temporarily nix an extra city tax incurred by bars and restaurants in a move aimed at helping the hard-hit industry in its ongoing COVID-19 recovery.

The potential relief is included in a new City Council bill introduced Thursday by Democratic Majority Leader Keith Powers that would suspend an annual 25 percent city surcharge eateries pay for their liquor licenses.

“I am the son of a restaurant owner in the city who has seen firsthand how much every dollar counts when it comes to keeping your business afloat — and I’ve watched, over the last two-plus years, this entire industry struggle to stay

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