Why your restaurant bills are about to go up

Posted at 1:02 PM, Nov 25, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-25 13:06:48-05

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) – Your restaurant bills might be going up May 1. That is the date Henrico County leaders want the county’s new meals tax to go into effect.

Earlier this month Henrico voters narrowly (51 – 49 percent) approved a 4-percent county meals tax referendum. The county said the meals tax would raise $18 million a year for county schools.

Before the tax can go into effect however, the Henrico Board of Supervisors must first approve an ordinance to establish a start date and iron out other details like what exactly will be taxed under the new rules.

“A meals tax has been authorized for Henrico, but it has not been formally adopted by the Board of Supervisors,” County Manager John A. Vithoulkas said in a statement. “As we move forward, we want the public to understand where we are in the process. We also want to work closely with restaurants, grocery stores and convenience stores to answer their questions and to help them prepare to begin collecting the tax.”

The county said it expected the board to hold a public hearing in the coming weeks.