Petersburg Approves Tax Increases to Close Budget Gap

PETERSBURG, Va. (AP) — The Petersburg City Council has approved tax increases aimed at closing the city’s $12 million budget gap.

Local news organizations report that the seven-member council voted Tuesday to raise the lodging tax from 6 percent to 10 percent, the meals tax from 6 percent to 7 percent, the cigarette tax from 10 cents per pack to 90 cents and the monthly trash-removal fee from $14 to $20.

The council decided to defer a proposed personal property tax increase to the next meeting.

Vice Mayor Samuel Parham says Gov. Terry McAuliffe made it clear that Petersburg must overcome the crisis on its own, without financial assistance from the state.

The council’s decision won’t take effect until Oct. 1.

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