The Senate has approved a proposal that would allow all
counties to tax liquor to finance programs for treating and preventing
alcoholism. New Mexico
Supporters of the measure said it would be left to counties to decide whether to impose a local liquor excise tax by the equivalent of five cents on a glass of wine, bottle of beer or cocktail.
The bill passed the Senate on a 27-14 vote Sunday and goes to the House for consideration.
State law currently allows only
to levy a local
tax on liquor for alcohol programs, and supporters said the county has financed
services that have reduced alcohol-related deaths. McKinley
If all counties imposed a liquor tax, it would generate nearly $44 million.
Information from The AP.