Carl’s newly adopted alcohol ordinance was back on the table for discussion, this time considering excise tax and distance regulations.
According to state law, distilled spirits may not be sold within 100 yards of a church and within 200 yards of a school. Similarly, wine and malt beverages may not be sold within 100 yards of a school.
However, nothing in state law prevents the sale by a licensee for consumption on property. This means that by the drink, where consumers may be regulated, state distances don’t apply.
As far as taxing, the ordinance states that a 3 percent tax shall be imposed on distilled spirits and that comes from the licensee. For beer, it equals five cents per 12-ounce can and 22 cents per liter of wine, which comes from the distributor upon purchase.