Jasper County Strip Club Tax (2008)

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The Jasper County Strip Club Tax measure was on the November 4, 2008 ballot in Jasper County. The measure was referred to the ballot by Jasper County Presiding Commissioner John Bartosh. The goal was to create a 10% tax on cabarets (aka strip clubs) in the county, despite that fact that there were no strip clubs in the county. The proceeds of the tax will be used to make background checks of cabaret employees, and to generally fund the sheriff's office.

This measure was approved

  • YES 28,019 (62.74%) Approveda
  • NO 10,640 (37.26%)[1]

Text of Question

Shall the County of Jasper impose a sales tax upon adult cabarets of ten percent of the gross receipts of any such business for a period not to exceed four years for the purpose of investigating the background of the employees of such business and for the general law enforcement use of the sheriff's office with existing revenues to be used for either purpose?[2]

Arguments

Pro

  • This measure sends the message that strip clubs are not welcome in the county.
  • If a strip club were to open in the county, there would be a measure in place already to deal with the types of crimes associated with strip clubs.[3]

Con

  • The proposed tax is unnecessary.
  • The tax would likely be challenged in court as violating First Amendment rights if a strip club ever did open in the county.[4]

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