'Sneaky' sales tax increase proposed at Helen Fitzgerald's to help pay for new hotel

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A proposed higher sales tax at a popular south St. Louis County watering hole has one alderman concerned about setting a precedent. Alderwoman Cathy Friedmann says the plan to raise the sales tax by 1% at Helen Fitzgerald's Irish Grill & Pub in Sunset Hill – to help a developer pay for a hotel next door – is not a good idea.

She says she doesn't want to have other developers in the area see this as a plan they can pursue as well.

Supporters say the proposed Community Improvement District, or higher sales tax for Helen Fitzgerald's, would raise about $55,000 for the developer to put into the hotel.

She says she's spoken to customers of the Irish restaurant and bar, and they've told her they'd be willing to pay more, but this plan is a "sneaky" way to do it. 

KMOX has a call out to the Sunset Hills City Administrator to find out when the plan will come up for a vote before aldermen.

The five-story, $7.4 million Comfort Suites hotel will be the first new hotel in over a decade in Sunset Hills, located at 3654 S. Lindbergh Blvd. it's scheduled to be finished in October, according to the Call.

Friedmann also says she's been told, "the project will proceed with or without the tax incentive." 

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