TOTAL PROPOSED MEALS TAX WILL INCREASE TO 12.8%
Richmond is recommending increasing the meals tax by 1.5% to generate funding for Richmond Public Schools. The meals tax increase will cost those in Richmond nearly $9.1 million – raising the already high meals tax of 6% to 7.5%. This does not include the 5.3% sales tax, bringing the total proposed tax to 12.8%.
If passed, you can expect that this additional tax will have a significant effect on low- to middle-income families, tourists, businesses, and food service workers who rely on the affordability of prepared meals.
The estimated $9.1 million tax increase will have a big effect on our city.
Virginia Retail Federation (VRF), alongside Retail Merchants Association (RMA) and Virginia Restaurant, Lodging and Travel Association (VRLTA), strongly oppose this industry-specific tax increase and encourage you to write your City Council Representative in opposition as well.
Richmond West End 1st Voter District
Andreas D. Addison
Richmond North Central 2nd Voter District
Kimberly B. Gray
Richmond Northside 3rd Voter District
Chris A. Hilbert
Richmond Southwest 4th Voter District
Kristen Nye Larson
Richmond Central 5th Voter District
Parker C. Agelasto
Richmond Gateway 6th Voter District
Ellen F. Robertson
Richmond East End 7th Voter District
Cynthia I. Newbille
Richmond Southside 8th Voter District
Reva M. Trammell
Richmond South Central 9th Voter District
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