Citizens of Princeton and Caldwell County seem divided over a proposed three percent restaurant tax, unsure if it will help or hurt the community. But members of the Princeton Tourism Commission are working to show the community that it will be a positive change.

Commission Chairman David Brown says that he doesn’t want the community to see it as a tax, but rather an investment. 

David says that the investment breaks down to three pennies added to every dollar that you spend at restaurants or food establishments within Princeton. This money, an estimated $300,000 a year, would be used for tourism related projects in and around the city. David says the projects have the possibility to be anything and can range from updates to parks within the city to the addition of an Ag Expo and indoor sports complex to signage pointing people where to go and showing visitors what Princeton and Caldwell County has to offer.

David says that the Commission has focused one two specific goals the funds could be used for. 

Other than promoting, improving, and maintaining things the community already has, David says the second thing is to bring more people to Princeton. 

From these two specific goals David says the Commission will present a plan and timeline to the Princeton City Council. 

David notes that before the Commission presents their plan to the council, the public will have the ability to voice their concerns, both at public forums and at the Commission’s meetings.

The Commission meets every Monday at noon at the Tourism Center in Princeton.

David says that he is certain and optimistic that once community members see the Commission’s proposal and their plan for the restaurant tax, citizens will be willing to spend the extra pennies. 

More information about the Tourism Commission and the proposed restaurant tax can be found by watching the interview with David Brown below.

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