On November 8th, Fairfax County voters will be asked to vote for or against a Meals Tax, that, if passed, would:
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.
Join The Fairfax Families Against the Food Tax in opposition to the proposed four percent tax increase on all meals and ready-to-eat food items in Fairfax County food establishments. Sign our petition and VOTE NO on the November 8th ballot.
Whereas Fairfax County already taxes and spends at the rate of nearly $7.5 Billion per year; and,
Whereas the Fairfax County Board recently raised our property taxes by $100 Million per year; and,
Whereas adding a new regressive 4% tax to all meals and prepared foods purchased by us here in Fairfax County will hurt our low, middle, and fixed income residents most; and,
Whereas this new 4% tax unfairly targets restaurants and food service workers only; and
Whereas the tax would bring the total tax on meals and prepared foods to 10%;
Be it resolved, I OPPOSE the so-called “Meals Tax” and urge all Fairfax County residents to vote NO on November 8th.
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