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Beaver Dam seeing results from new restaurant/room tax

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The City of Beaver Dam is starting to see tax revenue from a restaurant and room tax passed back in March. 

Beaver Dam Mayor Paul Sandefur says he's been surprised by how much money is coming in. 

At Los Mexicanos Restaurant in Beaver Dam, they're serving up authentic Mexican cuisine, and in turn, big tax revenues to the City of Beaver Dam.

Owner Deidra Roman says a recent three percent restaurant and room tax hasn't scared away any hungry customers.

"The restaurant tax really hasn't impacted us as a business that much. I do believe we are as busy as we were before," Roman said.

Mayor Sandefur says the restaurant tax brought in $35,000 of revenue in April and $36,000 of revenue in May.

"We were anticipating about $225,000 revenue that we were expecting based on some numbers that we had gotten. That number was a little low. We're probably going to come closer to the $400,000 mark," Mayor Sandefur said.

The city says a third of the tax revenue has come from people living outside of Ohio County. Sandefur says the numbers are exciting because the city will be able to speed up projects they had planned for the next several years.

"We're going to do some stuff with downtown revitalization. We're going to do some stuff with city wide beautication. We're going to do a lot of marking and promotion," Mayor Sandefur told 14 News.

Roman says that she is glad the tax has not had a negative impact on her business and says she is exciting to see the impact it has on the community.

Mayor Sandefur says the restaurant tax is the first time the city has seen a new form of revenue coming into the city since 2003.

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