Meals Tax Referendum Task Force Established
April 22, 2014
Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova today established a meals tax referendum task force to study the possibility of this additional source of revenue.
The task force will be chaired by two former chairmen of the Board of Supervisors: Kate Hanley and Tom Davis. Hanley and Davis will lead a communitywide task force to explore the issues and to deliver a report by June 17.
The mission of the task force will be to recommend to the Board of Supervisors:
- Whether or not to proceed with a referendum for a meals tax;
- If it is the recommendation of the group to do so, the task force should recommend the timing (what year?) for the question to be put to voters;
- And the task force should return with a recommendation for how revenue from a meals tax should be used.
In the Commonwealth of Virginia towns and cities are permitted to have a meals tax subject to an affirmative vote by the governing body. In Northern Virginia all of the cities and towns around and within Fairfax County have adopted a meals tax.
Counties, however, may establish a meals tax only if a referendum is approved by the voters.
If adopted at the same approximate rate as cities and towns in Northern Virginia, the rate would be 4 percent of the cost of a restaurant meal and would result in revenue of approximately $88 million.