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Fairfax's Meal Tax Would Help Fund Transportation Projects

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Fairfax County is considering a 4 percent tax on restaurant meals to raise money for transportation projects.
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Fairfax County is considering a 4 percent tax on restaurant meals to raise money for transportation projects.

Fairfax County supervisors are considering a 4 percent tax on restaurant meals to raise money for transportation projects. County administrators say they need approximately $3 billion to meet transportation demands over the next decade.

The proposed tax would apply to any meals sold in commercial eateries from upscale restaurants to fast-food vendors.

The county's Board of Supervisors does not have the authority to impose the tax, so it would have to be approved by the Virginia General Assembly, led by Republican members who generally oppose most tax legislation.

Another way to get the measure approved would be through ballot referendum. However, Fairfax residents rejected a similar referendum meals tax in1992, and the Board of Supervisors declined to put it on the ballot again two years ago.

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