Dear Editor,

I am strongly advocating against the proposed meal tax to be on the Fairfax County ballot November 8.

If approved, an additional 4-percent tax would be added to every prepared-food and restaurant meal across the county, in addition to the existing 6-percent sales tax.

Proponents claim that most of the tax burden will be carried by visitors to the county. Nothing could be further from the truth. The tax will unfairly impact those who can least afford to pay it such as the most vulnerable segments of our society including low-income and fixed-income residents (senior citizens, young people, students, single moms and busy families where both parents work).

The proponents have indicated that a portion of the additional tax revenue is designated for Fairfax County Public Schools. This is just more of the usual smoke and mirror deception from the Fairfax County School Board and the Board of Supervisors as they have avoided providing any specifics as to where and how this estimated $100 million in new tax revenue will be spent. Does anyone tracking this issue really wonder why this is the case?

Plain and simple, the proposed meals tax is a regressive sales tax that hits low- and middle-income working individuals and families the hardest, targeting a single industry. With 40,000 food workers in Fairfax County alone, this will impact the small, family restaurants much harder than the large chains.

Informed voters should oppose the meals tax and demand more accountability from those entrusted with billions in tax revenue annually.

Thomas Bognanno


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