Jack Daniel's avoids extra tax bill

LYNCHBURG, TN -- The folks at Jack Daniel's had a lot to be thankful for this week.

The threat of an extra tax on the distiller dissipated on Monday night when the Moore County Council voted 10-5 to reject a vote asking lawmakers to authorize a referendum on the proposal.

Had the proposal passed, it would have taxed Jack Daniel's up to $5 million annually, with the revenue going to local government.

The distillery already pays $1.5 million annually in property taxes. The company had, of course, opposed the proposal, saying Jack Daniel's already pays its fair share.

Charles Rogers, a local resident who led the effort to get more tax revenue, said the issue "is now on life support."

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