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The Williamsburg City Council is considering one of the largest tax hikes in the city’s history to establish a “Tourism Development Fund.”
In an attempt to attract more tourists, city council is looking to make Williamsburg more expensive by proposing a two percent tax hike on restaurants, a two percent tax hike on hotels, and a new “admissions tax” on select businesses to pay for this new fund. Altogether, this could be one of the largest tax hikes in Williamsburg history!
The new revenue will go toward a “Tourism Development Fund,” but these taxes would hurt taxpayers and businesses in the short term. In the long term, the extra tax could hurt the tourism industry and lead to special interest handouts.
The last thing we need is for the government to make it more expensive to visit Williamsburg.
The new admissions tax will also affect businesses that already operate on razor thin margins. Raising taxes could put these folks out of business for good.
Making matters worse, this tax will put Williamsburg businesses at a competitive disadvantage to businesses in neighboring areas that already have lower taxes.
Tell your councilmen to reject what could be the largest tax hike in Williamsburg history.