Fairfax County discusses potential 4% meals tax

TYSON'S CORNER, Va. (WUSA9) -- Fairfax County wants people to put their money where their mouths are when it comes to funding public schools.

Not just parents with kids attending those schools, we're talking about anyone who goes out to eat in the county.

Usually the meals at Silver Diner are very satisfying and usually quite inexpensive, but that may change if county leaders do get their way.

Tuesday, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will decide if this proposed meal tax will go to voters in a referendum during November's election.

The tax would generate $88 million for the local school system, officials say.

Supervisor Pat Herrity (R – Springfield) offered the following statement on the meals tax:

"I cannot support a referendum to establish a meals tax in Fairfax County for several reasons - it is a tax that targets a single industry, it would increase the tax on prepared foods by 67%, and Fairfax County residents will overwhelmingly shoulder this burden – the same county residents that have seen their homeowner taxes rise by 14% in the last three years alone, and a projected increase of another 7% next year."

To view the report, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/mealstax/.


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