Americans for Prosperity-Virginia Urges Williamsburg City Council to Reject Historic Tourist Tax

Jul 11, 2017 by AFP

RICHMOND, VA – The Williamsburg City Council is considering one of the largest tax hikes in the city’s history to establish a “Tourism Development Fund.” Among the tax packages under consideration is a two percent tax hike on restaurants, a two percent tax hike on hotels, and a new “admissions tax” on select businesses. The City Council is expected to vote on the new tax package on July 13.

“Higher taxes will hurt Williamsburg’s cherished tourism industry more than it will help. These proposals make dining in Williamsburg or staying in one of its hotels more expensive and would hurt taxpayers and businesses in the short term. In the long term, the extra taxes could lead to special interest handouts for politically favored businesses,” said Americans for Prosperity-Virginia State Director JC Hernandez. “Many of the affected businesses already operate on razor thin margins, and additional burdens would force them to close up shop for good. These taxes also put Williamsburg businesses at a competitive disadvantage to businesses in neighboring areas that enjoy lower taxes. We should make it easier, not harder, to enjoy and build enterprise in Williamsburg.”


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