Thanks for the article “No Hunt in This Dog.” The cost to the taxpayer of the consumption of alcoholic beverages is not limited to the policing of the lower state street party zone, and not all of the bars down there are guilty of causing extra policing. Police are frequently and repeatedly called to domestic violence calls that are nearly one hundred percent related to alcohol consumption, many traffic incidents are as well as most assaults and other violent crime. The best solution to this is not a fee targeting all the pubs in the lower state street area for the neglect of a few but a fee attached to all alcoholic beverages sold in the city. Fees that are collected for out of the ordinary policing or services are not taxes and I think the policing of alcohol related incidents in general would qualify.


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