ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- An increase to the city's Meals Sales Tax, taking it from 4 percent to 5 percent, begins in July.
The measure was passed by the Alexandria City Council this past weekend despite objections from business owners in the area including the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce the Del Ray Business Association.
Some restaurant owners in #Alexandria are fired up but the city says an increase to the Meals Sales Tax will help it free up money for more affordable housing. The increase takes effect in July. City leaders say it will add .16 to the average bill of $16. pic.twitter.com/xH0I7hRG8o
— Joe Dominguez (@joethetvguy) May 15, 2018
Assistant Director of Finance Kevin Greenlief said the city intends to use the estimated $4.75 million dollars generated annually from the increase to add affordable housing within city limits.
"From 2000 to 2017 the city of Alexandria lost a little over 16,000 units," said Greenlief. "It’s a significant and critical need."
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