Chesterfield Meals Tax Bill Passes Senate Committee
*8News Anchor/Reporter Katelyn Sherwood talks with restaurant customers and owners, and breaks down the details of this bill tonight, only on 8News at 5.*
Chesterfield, VA—A proposed meals tax, which could be added on top of the current sales tax, has passed a senate committee, and is raising concern among Chesterfield residents.
The bill, also proposed for Henrico, would allow restaurants to impose a tax of up to 4% on top of the current state sales tax, which is 5%. A similar meals tax is already in place in the city of Richmond.
Many local restaurant customers are upset about Senate Bill 1311, saying that it's "hefty," and that they believe there is a more reasonable way to impose a meals tax without such a large increase.
Some restaurant owners are also troubled by the tax, because they fear the additional costs of dining out will deter customers from their businesses.
Having passed in the state Senate, the bill will now head to the House of Delegates.