NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A proposal to tax barrels of Jack Daniel whiskey has been derailed before it could reach the Tennessee Legislature.
The Moore County Council voted 10-5 Monday evening to rescind a previous vote asking the lawmakers to authorize a local referendum on the proposal.
It would have taxed Jack Daniel up to $5 million annually with the revenue going to local coffers.
Charles Rogers of Lynchburg, who had spearheaded the effort, said the issue “is now on life support.”
Jack Daniel is the world's top-selling whiskey, distilled in the tiny town of Lynchburg which has been celebrated in folksy, black & white advertisements for years.
State Rep. David Alexander, who attended the meeting, said he considers the issue dead.
A distillery spokesman did not return an after-hours call for comment.
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