Fairfax Co. Considering Meal Tax, Could Generate $90 Million a Year

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    A four percent meal tax could soon be implemented in a Northern Virginia county already saddled with a rising real estate tax.

    A four percent meal tax could soon be implemented in a Northern Virginia county already saddled with a rising real estate tax.

    The tax, which already exists in Alexandria, Fairfax City and Arlington, would apply to ready-to-eat food and drinks. Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova has created a task force to see if people would be willing to pay the extra tax.

    "I don't think it's going to be a competitive disadvantage," Gerry Hyland, also with the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors said. 

    Ready-Made Food Tax Considered in Fairfax County

    [DC] Ready-Made Food Tax Considered in Fairfax County
    A controversial proposal in Fairfax County would add an extra tax to ready-made foods like those you would buy at a restaurant. News4's Erika Gonzalez reports.

    Because the plan is in its infancy, county officials have yet to decide where the tax would go, but say it could generate approximately $90 million per year.

    Task force recommendations will be presented to the Board of Supervisors in mid-June. Voters would have to approve it during a referendum.