OLCC extends liquor surcharge

Joe Bascuti stocks shelves at a liquor store Wednesday, July 18, 2012, in North Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
Joe Bascuti stocks shelves at a liquor store Wednesday, July 18, 2012, in North Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has voted to extend a 50-cent per bottle surcharge on distilled spirits that was set to expire at the end of the month.

The five-person panel voted unanimously for the two-year extension on Thursday but delayed a decision on a proposal to increase the surcharge to 75 cents.

The 50-cent surcharge was put in place four years ago to raise money for the state. It’s expected to generate $32 million over the next two years. An increase to 75 cents would raise an additional $16 million.

Although the OLCC has the authority to levy surcharges on liquor sales, the state Legislature controls how the money will be spent.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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