Dorothy Jaeckle, Chairman- Jaeckle says she does support the bill because it gives Chesterfield County another tool for revenue. However, she does not support a meals tax and has no intention of voting for one. Jaeckle says if a meals tax did exist, she would like to see the restaurant industry come up with ways the money could be used that support the industry.
Jim Holland- Holland says he supports the bill in the General Assembly and the meals tax. He says he is generally fiscally conservative and supports tax simplification and reform. But in this case, he says this might be the best option before the County. He also says he would like to see the money go toward education or public safety.
Art Warren- has not yet returned phone calls or email.
Steve Elswick- Elswick says he does not support a meals tax, but he does support the bill because he believes the County should have the authority to implement a meals tax. He says he does not support any more taxes right now, however, if a meals tax decision did come into play in the County, he believes residents should get to vote in a referendum. The current bill would allow Supervisors to make that vote without a public referendum. He also says the supervisors would need to be very specific about where the money went, and he would recommend education.
Daniel Gecker – Gecker says he supports the bill so that Chesterfield County has tax authority, however he disfavors a meals tax now. He says he can't say he would never support one. That's because Gecker says she realizes capital funding needs to be increased in schools. He doesn't favor meals taxes as a tool for that funding, but if the rest of the board came to an agreement for this cause he could get behind it.
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