A proposed meal tax in Fluvanna County was met with overwhelming opposition on Election Day. The county’s measure would have put a tax on prepared food and drinks to generate between $300,000 and $600,000 a year.
Nearly 71 percent of the more than 11,000 voters were against the tax. If passed, the referendum would have added a four percent tax throughout the county.
Now that the referendum is off the table, the county will be looking for new ways to generate revenue. A member of the Board of Supervisors is hoping a plan to expand water lines to the Zion Crossroads portion of Fluvanna will promote economic development in the county.
“We think that’s going to bring and attract business revenue, which is great,” said Rivanna District Supervisor for Fluvanna County Tony O’Brien. “I’m disappointed the meals tax did not pass, because it provided an additional source of revenue that would allow us to provide a more competitive real estate tax rate.”
Supervisor O’Brien hopes the waterlines to Zion Crossroads will be complete by the end of 2019. He also wants to see how supervisors can better educate voters about the positives of a meals tax.