OMT One Man's Trash...from Norman Leahy

Saturday, October 15, 2005 :::

Repeal the Meals Tax

That's what some restaurant owners would like to see:

"It seems to me that the only fair thing to do would be to rescind the 1 percent meals tax that was put in place," said Charles Diradour, managing member of a family real estate firm that owns about 20 properties in Richmond, including such prominent Fan District restaurants as Joe's Inn, Commercial Taphouse & Grill, and Kuba Kuba.

Diradour also said he doesn't think people should have to continue to pay the meals tax until the city recovers all of the $7.6 million it gave to get the arts project started.

Tax monies were supposed to go toward the construction of the performing arts center. With the plan and the organization now in shambles, it's reasonable for people to ask why the 1% tax increase needs to stay. But will it be repealed? Don't count on it:

"Everybody's been talking about it," said Rhoda Elliott, president of Bill's Barbecue and a member of the association's executive committee, "but frankly, I've never seen a meals tax rolled back."

Unless conditions change drastically, the higher meals tax is permanent.

::: posted by Norman Leahy at 10/15/2005 0 comments


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