OLCC votes down per-bottle alcohol surcharge

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File image of liquor on store shelves. (Undated image | KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – The Oregon Liquor Control Commission voted 3-2 not to enact a 25-cent surcharge per bottle on distilled spirits.

Lawmakers were seeking ways to raise an extra $16.2 million to help balance a future budget.

This surcharge would have added another 25 cents per bottle to consumers.

Restaurant owners were opposed to the surcharge. David Wojnar, the Vice President of the Washington D.C.-based Distilled Spirits Council of the United States said in a statement, “This strikes right at the heart of the hospitality industry.”

The commissioners voted against the surcharge in a Wednesday morning conference call.

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