Morning Read: Alexandria Considers Cigarette Tax Increase

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A proposal to increase the cigarette tax in Alexandria by 10 cents is slated to go before the City Council this week.

The tax would bring the cigarette tax in the city to 90 cents a package -- the highest tax rate in the state.

If passed, the cigarette tax would generate an additional $334,000 for the city, bringing the total annual revenue from smokers to $3 million, according to The Washington Examiner.

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Alexandria faces a $31 million budget shortfall this year. The council will also be considering a measure that would extend parking meter operating hours from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., which would bring in an extra $320,000 a year.


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