Starting February, when you dine out or grab a drink in Monroe County, your bill will be 1% higher. On Dec. 14, the city council approved Ordinance 2017-51 (4-3), establishing the tax to raise revenue for the Monroe County Convention Center expansion.
Chief among the protesters for the tax were students from Indiana University, who complained the tax would hit them hardest, while they were the least able to afford the increase. “Students don’t have any extra money,” says Emma Coats, Speaker of Congress for the IU Student Association. “Many of them have thousands of dollars in student loans they have to worry about paying for. So, if you want to renovate your convention center, don’t put that burden on us.”