The City of Mendota Monday night took a stand against raising the legal age to buy tobacco.

It’s a futile effort, since the state’s new law raising the age trumps a city ordinance.

But, to Kyle Kim, who introduced the ordinance and then voted against it, it’s apparently a question of logic and consistency. Kim pointed out that 18-year-olds can join the military.

The vote was three-to-three, so Mayor David Boelk broke the tie.

Voting against the ordinance will have an impact, according to City Clerk Emily McConville. She says the rejection of the law means Mendota will not be able to share in any revenue generated through fines from underage smokers.

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