Oregon liquor commission extends 50-cent surcharge

MILWAUKIE, Ore.-- The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is extending a surcharge of 50 cents per bottle for another two years.

The OLCC's unanimous decision Thursday means the extra tax will now expire on June 30, 2017.

The 50-cent tax was added to the sale of each bottle of liquor in 2009 as a way of temporarily boosting revenue during the economic downturn. It's projected to generate about $125 million by the time it expires in 2017.

OLCC chairman Rob Patridge says the surcharge will help deliver a stable revenue stream.

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