BELLEVUE (KPTM)- Bellevue City Council is considering adding a restaurant tax similar to Omaha's to decrease the city's deficit.
The tax would be 2.5 percent. Bellevue City community relations official Phil Davidson said the restaurant tax would be an alternative to increasing property taxes. Davidson said there is a one million dollar shortfall for the new budget.
"Granted 2.5% doesn't sound like much, but in the scheme of things it is," said restaurant owner, Jim Nearing.
Nearing has owned ‘Sinful Burger Sports Grill' in Bellevue for three years.
"We don't buy frozen French fries, we don't buy frozen hamburgers, and we don't buy frozen onion rings. We make everything from scratch," said Nearing.
Nearing said he doesn't know how he'd make up for the tax. "I don't like it but I understand the city needs help-I don't have the solution."
Bellevue City Council meeting was scheduled for Monday, August 26th, but was canceled because not enough members would be able to attend. The meeting has not yet been rescheduled.
Council is set to vote on September 20th for the 2014 budget.