Weekend Discussion: How Will You Vote on the Meals Tax?

Burger at The Counter/Courtesy of The CounterThe Meals Tax referendum is coming Nov. 8. Do you know how you will vote?

Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins is sponsoring a forum in Reston Oct. 24, where panelists will discuss the upcoming Fairfax County Meals Tax referendum. The forum is at South Lakes High School, 7 p.m.

The meals tax question will be posed to voters on the Nov. 8 ballot. If passed, the 4 percent tax on restaurant meals and other prepared food will add close to $100 million annually Fairfax County’s tax base. Seventy percent of that will go to Fairfax County Public Schools. The school system has been facing an annual shortfall, which has resulted in a rise in property taxes.

Thirty percent of the meals tax money will go to other county services.

Surrounding jurisdictions such as Alexandria, Arlington, the District, and the towns of Herndon, Vienna already have meal taxes. The Virginia jurisdiations that already have a tax will not be taxed twice; the new tax would affect areas of the county, such as Reston, Great Falls and unincorporated Herndon, that do not currently have a tax.

Fairfax County last held a referendum on a meals tax in 1992. It failed.

Proponents say it is a necessary way to diversify revenue without continuing to raise property taxes. Opponents say it will hit lower income people the hardest and it is unfair to the restaurant industry, among other issues.

Read more in these previous Reston Now posts:

Food Fight: New Groups Taking Sides in Battle Over Fairfax Meals Tax

Op-Ed: PTA Urges Passing Meals Tax

Op-Ed: Vote No on the Meals Tax

And see other info:

Fairfax County Meals Tax Referendum page

Stop The Food Tax page

Photo courtesy of The Counter

Recent Stories

Join the Kensington Reston at the Memory Cafe on December 2 to learn more about the Memory Care Center.

Another pizza spot is coming to the Town of Herndon soon. Deli Italiano, a pizza chain with several local locations, plans to open at 700 Elden Street. Yasser Baslios says…

Fairfax County housing officials want to assist religious congregations interested in using their existing buildings or land to help create affordable housing. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors talked about…

COVID-19 vaccines mean volunteers are coming back to help a warming shelter in Reston. The nonprofit Cornerstones had a moratorium on volunteers for safety, but it’s been welcoming them back…

×

Subscribe to our mailing list