The City of Winchester is considering increasing its local meals tax in restaurants from 5-percent to 7-percent, effective in July 2012. Couple that with the existing Virginia sales tax, and folks who eat out in the city would be paying a total of 12-percent in taxes.
Americans for Prosperitys Virginia chapter opposes the increase.
AFP-Virginia state director Trixie Averill issued the following statement:
We are struggling through the worst economic times in living memory, and the Winchester City Council thinks its a good idea to raise taxes on consumers and therefore endanger small businesses which are already struggling to survive. This is like throwing gasoline on a fire.