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File #: 18-7721    Name: Meals Tax Ordinance
Type: Ordinance Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 5/7/2018 In control: City Council Legislative Meeting
On agenda: 5/12/2018 Final action:
Title: Public Hearing, Second Reading and Final Passage of an Ordinance to Amend Section 3-2-242 (AMOUNT AND LEVY OF TAX) of Article N (TAX ON MEALS SOLD BY RESTAURANTS) of Chapter 2 (TAXATION) of Title 3 (FINANCE, TAXATION AND PROCUREMENT) of the Code of the City of Alexandria, Virginia, 1981, as amended. [ROLL-CALL VOTE]
Attachments: 1. 18-7721_cover, 2. 18-7721_ordinance, 3. 18-7721_After Items, 4. 18-7721_After Items 2, 5. 18-7721_After Items 3, 6. 18-7721_After Items 4
City of Alexandria, Virginia
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MEMORANDUM


DATE: MAY 7, 2018
TO: THE HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL
FROM: MARK B. JINKS, CITY MANAGER /s/

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Public Hearing, Second Reading and Final Passage of an Ordinance to Amend Section 3-2-242 (AMOUNT AND LEVY OF TAX) of Article N (TAX ON MEALS SOLD BY RESTAURANTS) of Chapter 2 (TAXATION) of Title 3 (FINANCE, TAXATION AND PROCUREMENT) of the Code of the City of Alexandria, Virginia, 1981, as amended. [ROLL-CALL VOTE]
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ISSUE: Consideration of an ordinance to amend and reordain City Code Section 3-2-242 to increase the Meals Tax rate from four percent to five percent.
RECOMMENDATION: That City Council hold a public hearing and pass the proposed ordinance (Attachment 2) raising the Meals Tax Rate from four percent to five percent on May 12, 2018.
DISCUSSION: As part of its deliberation on the FY 2019 Proposed Budget, City Council tentatively decided to dedicate the funds associated with a one percent Meals Tax rate increase to help address the affordable housing funding gap.
The City's current Meals Tax rate is four percent of the cost of any prepared food or beverage sold for immediate consumption. This rate has been in effect since City Council last increased the rate by one percent in FY 2009.
Raising the Meals Tax rate to five percent keeps the City at a rate which is less than or equal to the median meals tax rate in Virginia. As reported for 2016 by the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, the statewide median Meals Tax rate for all jurisdictions is five percent. Looking at cities alone, the median rate is six percent. The five percent rate will be higher than Arlington (4%) as well as nearby counties which do not have a meals tax. The City's rate will be lower than Fredericksburg's 6% rate, Richmond's new 7.5% rate and equal to Charlottesville's 5% rate. While the City's 5% rate will be 1%...

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