RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond City Council has voted to increase the meals tax by 1.5 percent on Monday night.
Councilman Parker Agelasto motioned for a 30-day continuance to the proposal, but the motion failed to pass 5-4.
Council then voted on the meals tax, which passed 7-2:
AGELASTO: Y (FLIPPED FROM EARLIER STANCE)
ADDISON: Y (FLIPPED FROM EARLIER STANCE)
The increase will go into effect July 1.
Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney released the following statement after the vote:
Stoney wants to raise the tax to bring in millions of dollars to renovate old schools and replace outdated ones.
Richmond NAACP President James "JJ" Minor says they support the meals tax increase, but it isn't enough:
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