Chesterfield voters shoot down meals tax

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Chesterfield voters have voted down a controversial meals tax.

About 56 percent of voters voted against the meals tax referendum, to 44 percent in favor of the new tax. Around 100,000 voters cast a ballot on the issue. Referendums supporting bonds to fund improvements to school facilities and replace the county's emergency communications systems passed handily, leaving the county with a question of how they will now pay for the bonds.

The County Administrator says the length of time for the school projects can be extended to allow the projects to be completed, however the public safety improvements are needed in short order.

In total, voter turnout reached nearly 48 percent in the county.

Republican Ken Cuccinelli handily won the governor's race among Chesterfield voters, with 49 percent of the vote. Democrat Terry McAuliffe captured 41 percent of the vote, while Libertarian Robert Sarvis took 10 percent of the vote.

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