It’s about to cost you more to dine out in Henrico County

Posted at 1:50 PM, May 30, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-30 13:53:12-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va (WTVR) -- Starting Sunday, June 1 when you eat out in Henrico County it's going to cost you a little more to do so. The county's new meals tax goes into effect this weekend.

In November Henrico voters approved the new 4% meals tax for sit-down meals and some to-go orders. Back in November county leaders estimated nearly 40-percent of the revenue raised will be paid by non-residents, those who come from outside the area. It's believed close to $18 million will be raised in the first year from the meals tax.

Some in the food industry are in favor of the new tax. They said it's a great way to raise much needed revenue with the help from those outside the community. While others, like BoDillaz Food Truck owner Matt Hume are concerned some wanting to dine out will take their business outside the county.

"I don't think people should let a miniscule tax stop them from going out and enjoying the restaurants and going out to eat and doing things they like to do," Hume said.

Close to $18 million is expected to be raised in the first year from the meals tax. Minnie Alexander, who dines out often, said she was concerned some will be left out from the economic boost.

"It's pretty much out of my hands, but I feel like a lot of the waitresses and waiters will be affected due to the taxes going up because they will tip less now," Alexander said.

The revenue generated from the meals tax will go to support Henrico County Public Schools.