FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The Franklin County Board of Supervisors held a meeting earlier this week in which they made a few proposals. The one proposal raising eyebrows is the meals tax officials are looking to impose on residents.
Restaurant meals taxes would go from 4% to 6% and supporters say it would create an additional $600,000 in revenue for Franklin County. The money would go towards fire equipment and ambulance costs.
Since the meeting, folks in Franklin County have voiced some major concerns about affordability when it comes to the possible new tax.
“It’s ludacris,” said Dale Fryfogle, a resident of Franklin County.
“I’m against any new taxes,” said another local expressing disdain towards the proposal.
According to Fryfogle, who is retired, meals taxes make it harder for him to live on a fixed income, saying, “We’re not getting nearly enough on our fixed income to pay for all these extras.
However, where people could see the most impact is at Franklin County restaurants like Benny Adelina’s — a popular dining spot in the community.
“I think it’s a horrible idea, and it’s really going to hurt small businesses like us,” said Benny Adelina’s manager Karen McRoy.
She says based on experience with the early stages of the pandemic, no one wins.
“When we raised our food prices during the pandemic, people got upset with that. It wasn’t a whole lot, but because of food cost, we had to. They’ll be upset,” said McRoy.
There are a few steps left before the tax increase is finalized.
On Tuesday, April 5, the Franklin County Board of Supervisors will meet to cast their vote.