HENRICO (WRIC) – Voters in Henrico County approved a four percent meals tax to help pay for schools and now restaurants will have to add the tax to every meal.
But are business owners happy with that?
Buz Grossberg of Buz and Ned's Real Barbecue says the tax unfairly targets restaurants and could deter some customers from eating out as much as their bills in Henrico will now be larger.
"It starts to really mount up dollar wise over the course of a year," he says.
Meanwhile Chesterfield County voted against a meals tax. Grossberg says giving his businesses in Richmond and Henrico an uneven playing field as both localities now have meals taxes.
"My competitors in Chesterfield County can now best me by 6 percent in the city of Richmond and 4 percent here in Henrico."
But Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas says voters had few choices when it came to improving schools.
"Three options, one is the meals tax, one is the real estate tax, three is service level reductions,"
He says improvements are desperately needed.
"When you look at collectively our schools, 36 of the 72 are now 50 years or older."
Meanwhile some restaurant owners are hoping more options present themselves in the future.
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