UPDATE: City Council votes unanimously to pass a five-cent tax on plastic bags in Roanoke

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UPDATE 7:55 p.m.: Roanoke City Council passed a five-cent plastic bag tax.

The vote was passed by unanimous decision during a meeting on Monday, May 17.

Money raised from the tax could be used for environmental clean-up and waste education programs.

The tax is slated to go into effect next January.

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Roanoke city leaders will continue considering a five cent plastic bag tax, as well as the purchase of The Roanoke Times building, during public hearings Monday night.

The plastic bag tax — which was previously discussed during a public hearing on April 19 — would raise money for environmental cleanup, waste education programs, and giving reusable bags to low-income residents.

If passed, that tax would go into effect in January 2022.

In addition, the Roanoke City Council will hold a public hearing on Monday, May 17 about whether the school system should buy The Roanoke Times building downtown.

The school board has already agreed to buy the property for more than $5.8 million.

If approved, administrative and maintenance operations would move downtown, which would free up space in northwest Roanoke for a new technical school and a community empowerment center.

The Roanoke City Council meeting starts at 7 p.m. on Monday. You can watch it live on the City of Roanoke Facebook page.

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