Lovers of Lynchburg Lemonade, rejoice: A proposal to tax barrels of Jack Daniel’s whiskey has been defeated before it even made it to the state legislature in Tennessee.
Local officials in Moore County — which, incidentally, is dry — had attempted to hold a local referendum on their proposal to tax Jack Daniels up to $5 million a year, says Time.com. But the county council smacked that idea down with a 10-5 vote on Monday.
Since Moore County is dry, the whiskey can only be distilled in Lynchburg, as it has been for 145 years, and not legally sold. Jack Daniel’s is owned by a Kentucky-based company and currently pays $1.5 million in local property taxes.
State Rep. David Alexander, who represents Lynchburg and attended the meeting, said he considers the issue dead. “It’s the will of the people,” he said of the council vote. “They have spoken.”
The people have spoken, and they want a round of shots.
*Of course, by “shots for everyone,” we mean, if you’re a responsible adult of age and aren’t driving, then you may celebrate as you see fit.