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City earns $5,050 from alcohol sales

The decision by voters to legalize the sale of alcohol in some restaurants appears to be a financial windfall for the City of Whitesburg.

The Las Peñas Mexican Restaurant this week paid the city $5,050 – the amount due for a six-percent tax on gross revenue that was approved by the Whitesburg City Council shortly after the limited sale of alcohol was approved in April.

The payment from Las Peñas owner Charles Colwell on Monday represents the taxes collected during the 37 days the restaurant was allowed to sell drinks between June 19, the first day of legalized sales, and July 31.

Las Peñas remains the only restaurant in the Whitesburg city limits that has been licensed to sell alcohol by the Kentucky Department of Alcohol Beverage Control. Other restaurants, including The Courthouse Cafe and Pizza Hut, are expected to be granted a license soon.

Mayor James Wiley Craft said the money from the tax on gross revenue will be deposited into the city’s general operating fund.

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