Though there is a “very good possibility” the increase could drive down sales, Calvert County Commissioner Gerald “Jerry” W. Clark (R) expects his customers will bear the cost more than he will.
“It’s just another tax on the people, another tax on the consumers,” said Clark, who owns Port of Call Wine and Spirits in Solomons. “I assume that food will probably be next.”
“This is going to hurt the guy who comes into our store, works all day and wants to get a six-pack of beer, go home and relax,” [David Dent, who owns WJ Dent & Sons in Tall Timbers and is the St. Mary’s County co-director for the Maryland State Licensed Beverage Association] said. “That is the guy this is hurting the most.”
01 July 2011
Booze is "recession-proof"? Maybe not......
An article from the Southern Maryland Newspapers (Calvert and St. Mary's Counties) suggests that the alcohol beverage retail industry is not as recession-proof as typically believed, and considers the implications of the new sales tax increase: