Fairfax County Considers Meals Tax | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

Fairfax County Considers Meals Tax

Play associated audio
Meals like this tuna salad at Mad Fox Brewing Company in Falls Church could be subject to a 4 percent meals tax if a proposal to implement the tax is approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. 
Thomas Cizauskas (http://www.flickr.com/photos/cizauskas/4779943195/)
Meals like this tuna salad at Mad Fox Brewing Company in Falls Church could be subject to a 4 percent meals tax if a proposal to implement the tax is approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. 

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is considering a proposal to create a new tax on restaurant meals, and it's getting mixed reviews from county residents.

Outside the Belle View Shopping Center in Mount Vernon, Keith Gray says he's taxed enough already. He doesn't want to pay another 4 percent of his tab at Roy Rogers for better roads and schools.

"Yeah, I think the existing tax burden for us Northern Virginia residents is already too much," he says. "They need to figure out their priorities and kind of do some shifting and reallocation of what they are currently doing because I don't think they are doing a good job."

Bill Vodre, who's on his way into the same Roy Rogers, disagrees.

"We have lousy roads, we have a lousy healthcare system we have a lousy whole lot of other stuff," he says. "And all this about saving money and not paying taxes makes no sense."

Mount Vernon Supervisor Gerry Hyland wants the board approve a referendum for voters to decide on the tax. A 4 percent tax would raise an estimated $80 million for county roads and schools.

NPR

'Halt And Catch Fire' Explores What It Was Like For Women In '80s Tech

Mackenzie Davis, lead actress in the AMC show, says she's more interested in the story of an underdog woman than of a "damaged, white, middle-class male figuring out his dreams."
NPR

Cod Comeback: How The North Sea Fishery Bounced Back From The Brink

A decade ago, fishermen trying to catch North Sea cod were coming up empty. Now, thanks to strict fishing rules put in place to halt the decline, this fish tale looks headed for a happy ending.
NPR

Texas Loses Billions To Treat The Poor By Not Expanding Medicaid, Advocates Say

When the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government could not compel states to expand Medicaid programs, many Southern and Midwestern states opted out. One quarter of the uninsured live in Texas.
NPR

'Halt And Catch Fire' Explores What It Was Like For Women In '80s Tech

Mackenzie Davis, lead actress in the AMC show, says she's more interested in the story of an underdog woman than of a "damaged, white, middle-class male figuring out his dreams."

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.