Fairfax County Could Implement ‘Meals Tax’

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Some Fairfax County supervisors are considering taxing you for dining out at restaurants.

Those in favor of the Meals Tax, as it’s called, say the money generated could lower real estate taxes and be used to pay for essential county services like education and public safety.

The city of Alexandria already levies a 4 percent meals tax. That same rate applied to the county could generate $80-$100 million per year, proponents say.

Based on a consumer survey saying the average Washington Metro household spends $3,494 at restaurants annually, officials have determined that a 4 percent tax would cost most families about $140 each year.

The county will hold public meetings to collect feedback on the proposed tax.

WNEW’s Karen Adams contributed to this report. Follow her and WNEW on Twitter.

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