The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has put a referendum on the ballot that looks to levy a food tax on food and drinks prepared at restaurants, hotels, grocery stores, doughnut and coffee shops, and convenient stores across the county.
Simply put, if this tax is enacted, local families will pay more for their food and local businesses could suffer and even close, harming our local economy.
Please, take a second to learn more about the negative impact a food tax would have on our local community and economy and don’t forget to take action by signing our petition to voice your support and receive reminders to VOTE NO as Election Day nears.
In these tough economic times, family budgets are being stretched thin with everything from higher tolls to higher premiums. A food tax poses just another burden on busy families that already have enough to worry about. It affects low to middle income families disproportionately, as they are the primary consumers of prepared meals.
While the Board would have you believe that commuters would primarily pay the tax, that just isn't the case. As you know, eating out is sometimes not a choice but a necessity. With just over 1.1 million residents, Fairfax County residents and families would be those primarily affected by this tax, effectively paying 10% on prepared meals in total tax if this referendum passes.
A food tax would single out the hospitality and tourism industry, which recently just saw rates rise in northern Virginia by 2% to fund transportation improvements. It unfairly targets a single industry, puts even more of a burden on local businesses, and could harm the local economy. Additionally, it would add costly bureaucracy between local government and local businesses. It would waste time, money and resources that could be used to grow business in the county.
With Fairfax County currently having rates competitive to D.C. and neighboring Maryland counties, many large groups and organizations choose to host their breakfasts, galas, conventions and conferences here. Raising the food tax rate would put that revenue at risk and could drive these large events out of Fairfax County and even out of the state, negatively impacting local businesses.
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