Skip to comments.Jack Daniel's Distillery Targeted for More Taxes
Posted on 10/21/2011 8:04:42 AM PDT by jakerobins
For decades, Jack Daniel's whiskey has celebrated its small Tennessee hometown of Lynchburg with folksy, black-and-white advertisements urging folks to slow down and have a sip.
Now local officials want the maker of the world's top-selling whiskey to pay a bigger bar tab as they struggle with their budget. How does up to $5 million sound?
A measure approved by the Moore County Council asks the Tennessee legislature to authorize a local referendum on whether the distillery should pay that much in new taxes on the 500,000 barrels it fills with whiskey each year.
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The ‘tax’ will be paid by the customers......or not, if they stop buying it because of the cost, there won’t be any taxes raised..............
I guess it hasn’t occurred to them that they spend too much..........
Great the people on their payroll already support most of the town and now they just want “ a little more”. I hope they move or create their own town.
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Definition: A legislative act that singles out an individual or group for punishment without a trial.
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Cummings v. Missouri, 4 Wallace 277 (1866).
U.S. v. Brown, 381 U.S. 437 (1965).
Nixon v. Administrator of General Services, 433 U.S.425 (1977).
Selective Service Administration v. Minnesota PIRG, 468 U.S. 841 (1984).
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I saw a report on TV and one of the townspeople (had to be a liberal) said the Jack Daniels owes the town the money because Jack uses the town for its ads. So Jack Daniels somehow couldn’t exist without the town?? Ridiculous lib think like this makes me sick.....
“Revenuers” for Hope & Change redistribution.
JD could take out an ad in the paper looking for counties where it could relocate. That might get some attention.
one thing missing from this report
is that the city gets the churn of the employees
in their community.
the money turns over several times and the city gets taxes.
The only thing unique about Lynchburg is tha water. Jack Daniels should release a study about how much it will cost to move all of its operations elsewhere and truck the water from where it now has a right to take it from. Let’s see how they will try to tax taking water from a stream.
They can move up here if they want. We already have Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Heaven Hill, etc...
The ONLY reason that Jack Daniels is located in the Lynchburg, TN area(the area is DRY as well) is the WATER. JD needs to look nationwide for water of a similar nature and tell TN to SHOVE IT!
If this passes, I hope they add a ‘county cask fee’ to their bill for county residents only. Spell it out like a sales tax. Or, they could calculate the cost to the county if they relocate their business and run it in the local newspaper.
Move to SC ping....
LOL! I’m with you.....I can give Jack Daniels directions to my back yard........
“There ain’t no ticks like poly-ticks. Bloodsuckers all.”
-Davy Crockett (unsourced)
When we lived in Tennessee, the George Dickel distillery was practically in our backyard. We could clearly smell them burning charcoal or venting fermentation fumes, when the wind was right. Better whiskey than JD, in my opinion.
JD could move a few miles to Coffee County. How different could the water be? It’s a very big operation, though, especially the aging barns.
Jack Daniels made the town famous, Brings in Tourists, and pays their tax’s. Now the town think the Distillery owes them money for making their little town successful.
To top it off you cannot get a drink of Jack Daniels in their town, so the town does nothing to support the Distillery.
It takes cast iron balls for this bunch to demand more money from Jack Daniels.
How about an across-the-board $5M employee paycut while at the same time instituting a new benefit for workers commuting beyond, oh, say the distance between the distillery and the city limits. The commuter subsidy just might happen to make up for the paycut. Net result, the locals pay for the action of their elected revenuers.
Jack Daniels should tell the local government greedheads they will soon be making plans to start up another distillery in a more appreciative locale.
Without the tourism and jobs created by Jack Daniels the city of Lynchburg will be little more than a wide spot in a lonesome road and a place for the unemployed to pick up their food stamps.
That is what happens 'cause Libs drink too much Chablis and not enough sippin' whiskey.
let’s see...Hank Williams Jr, Gibson guitars, and now Jack. Has Obama declared war on country music?
I don’t know..... :-)
Might be....there seems to be a target on Tn’s back. I say that has the makings of a good Election night party...Jack Daniels,Guitars,and Hank? Woo hoo......LOL!
I just caught a bit of this on the news. I watched a program the other night on the History Channel or Nat.Geographic on the distillery and how the whiskey was made, stored, taste tested and delivered. I didn’t catch how many people were employed but they were all regular, hardworking folks. Another Made in America success story..made me smile.
Whay does the government insist on killing off it’s Golden Geese? So frustrating and maddening.
~$1,000/yr/acre. How much does hilly land go for down there?
Lynchburg is already just a wide spot in the road. We stayed a few days there in a B&B last April and there’s nothing there to do. I’m sure the locals make a killing off the BBQ cook-off. Charging people to park in their yards brings in a chunk of change.
As for moving it would probably be cheaper to just pay the taxes. That’s what the local government is counting on. The move would be expensive. There are very large buildings sittin’ on top of the hills that are packed full of barrels of aging whiskey.
Because libtards do NOT think but talk. They are brain-dead imbeciles. When exactly have these morons ever make sense?
Needless to say, both JD and the local town made quite a bit on hubby & I as we purchased quite a bit for gifts.
IMHO, the town owes JD for it's livelihood because it if wasn't for JD, the town wouldn't be there. Go ahead, tax JD until it moves, then the town will go kaput.
please protect good American jobs....if whiskey is all we have left to produce, then so be it....we'll drink it up....
FOX talked about this a few minutes ago. They said they already contribute 64% [?] for taxes for their product! Did I hear them correctly? Are we out of our friggin’ minds for putting with our government!!!
Local business taxes are always up for negotiation if the business is a large enough employer. All J-D has to do is threaten to move. Watch how fast the demand for taxation comes down to something approaching ‘reasonable’.
They can’t move. They’d lose their spring with the perfect limestone filtered water.
How much money will this bring in to the “County”
Nazis? This is making money for the county and populace!
If it weren’t for Olde No. 7, no one would know where Moore Co. is.
Also they should rename the county, MORE!
Well let’s see JD you already have your bottles made in Ohio....you may want to talk to Gov. Kasich about what kind of abatements you can get for moving your distillery here too.Would save you a bundle on shipping the bottles...
Dear Mr. Charles Rogers, don’t forget that the Jack Daniels brand has been involved in the success of Lynchburg and the people of Moore County, not just the other way around. If Jack Daniels gets more expensive as a result of this proposed tax, I MIGHT still choose to buy it, but I would definitely think twice about visiting Lynchburg for a distillery tour, since the city apparently has such an envious ugly attitude toward one of its major businesses. Sorry, hotels and restaurants that may have benefitted from my visit!
Another iconic American manufacturer — Harley-Davidson — threatened to move it’s final assembly operations out of York, PA when the state officials started talking about a major real estate tax hike. Former Gov. Rendell backed off and the plant stayed — for the time being.
Frankly, I think they are on their way out. Harley will eventually build more modern facilities in a right-to-work state. (They’ve already done this for Sportsters & Softails. All that’s left in York is the heavy-weight bikes.) I don’t think that they were really ready to make good on their threat this time around. The next time the state, county or city come knocking for a tax increase I expect that they will be ‘gone’.
Mr Rogers has this a little backasswards. As I see it the success of the town " ... is due in no small measure because they [Jack Daniels] have marketed our town and people successfully,"
Now, if Lynchburg had paid for advertising that Jack Daniels was a fine whiskey, they might have a point. But as I recall you cannot even BUY Jack Daniels in Lynchburg. Jack Daniels' advertising has increased the value of Lynchburg as a tourist attraction, not the other way around.
Gives a whole new dimension to the shot heard around the world.
Southern Indiana has lots of limestone. I’m sure we could find a stream for them to use.
Is that where Knob Creek is made ?
My personal favorite.
This “logic” sounds alot like Elizabeth Warren to me. That we need to spread the wealth because they used the roads of the town. I don’t understand how these libs come up with these convaluted idiotic ideas!
If you are ever in the area, take the tour. It is fascinating. Basically an almost 200 year story of their ongoing battle with “the Revenuers”.
And the folks in Lynchburg must know their history. The distillery has moved twice before (once to North Alabama, once to St. Louis), trying to stay ahead of state-by-state prohibition laws. I’m sure they can pick up and leave again if you force the issue.
Yeah - I know you're right.
I would just like to see them plant a seed of uncertainty in the minds of the locals.
Can you imagine the uproar against these taxers if the locals thought there was even a possibility the distillery might move some, or all, of the business, jobs and tax money elsewhere?
Knob Creek is made by Jim Beam at their Clermont distillery, about twenty miles from here. Maker’s Mark is a few miles closer to me, and the Heaven Hill distillery is about thirty miles away.