Fairfax Co. considers meals tax

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WUSA9) -- Fairfax County residents could see a four percent meals tax on ready-to-eat foods.

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova created a special task force to explore the possibility. The tax would be applied to ready-to-eat foods and beverages wherever they are sold. It would not apply to groceries.

County officials say the meals tax, which already exists in Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church and Fairfax City, would generate revenue of approximately $88 million annually.

"All of the cities and towns around and within Fairfax County have adopted a meals tax," Chairman Bulova said. "Throughout the past few years, there has also been growing sentiment from constituents and organizations for our Board to allow voters to decide whether they wish to avail themselves of this additional source of revenue."


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