GREENWOOD — Come late-February, eating out in Greenwood will cost a bit more.
The common council in Johnson County's largest city has approved a one-percent food and beverage tax, taking effect at the end of February. The vote was 7-2.
Additional revenue from the tax, which could grow to more than $2 million per-year, will fund "economic development, capital improvement, and parks and recreation projects in the city," according to the ordinance that was passed by the council.
More specifically, the new tax dollars will help pay for additional police officers and firefighters, and improvements to city parks.
Greenwood, with a population approaching 60,000 is also a regional destination for shopping, eating out and entertainment. U.S. 31, State Road 135, Madison Avenue and Main Street are lined with eating establishments.