Louisa Supervisors Enact Meals Tax

By. John Haksch, Louisa County Field Officer

The Louisa County Board of Supervisors, in a vote of 5-0, with 2 members absent, adopted an ordinance to establish the 4% Meals tax that won voter support in balloting on November 8th.

imageThis new tax on all prepared foods will not affect the towns of Louisa or Mineral, which already have a similar local tax in place.

With the economic crunch and added financial burdens imposed by state and federal funding cuts, the county hopes to raise revenue from residents, visitors, tourists and other transients who buy prepared food within the rest of the county, notably in Zion Crossroads, Gum Spring and the Lake Anna areas. Restaurants, fast-food outlets and those grocery store delis or convenience stores who sell ‘ready to eat’ foods will be impacted.

The hoped-for increase in tax dollars could provide as much as a $500,000 annual boost to the county treasury.

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John Haksch is the Louisa County Field Officer for the Free Enterprise Forum a privately funded public policy organization.

The Free Enterprise Forum Field Officer program is funded by a generous grant from the Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS® (CAAR) and by readers like you.  To support our work please donate online at www.freeenterpriseforum.org

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