St. Joseph County beverage tax for Potawatomi Zoo could soon be open for public input

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By: Krystal Vivian kvivian@953mnc.com

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Mishawaka City Council will consider a resolution Monday night, March 21, to seek public input and research about a potential food and beverage tax in St. Joseph County that would benefit the Potawatomi Zoo.

The resolution doesn’t necessarily mean that the council supports the tax, but the South Bend Tribune reports. Instead, the resolution would begin the process to gauge public support.

The South Bend Common Council and St. Joseph County Council both passed similar resolutions. Two of the three councils and the Indiana General Assembly would need to approve the tax for it to take effect.

The tax proposed by the Potawatomi Zoo would be 0.25 percent for every $100 spent on dining in St. Joseph County. Officials hope the tax would raise about $1 million per year, which the zoo would use to help pay for its 20-year master plan estimated to cost $37 million.

Zoo officials are also seeking grants and private donations to pay for the upgrades and hope that increased revenue would help as well.

Mishawaka City Council meets at 7 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 600 E. Third St., Mishawaka.