RICHMOND, Va. — An increase to Richmond’s meals tax went into effect on Sunday.
Richmond City Council members approved a measure in February which bumped the meals tax at restaurants from six to seven and a half-percent.
The total tax, combined with sales tax, increases from 11.3 to 12.8 percent.
Mayor Levar Stoney said the increase is expected to generate more than $9 million each year that would go towards renovating city schools
However, some locals said the increase is unfairly placing the financial burden for fixing schools on small businesses.