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  • Last Word, June 28

    Last Word, June 28

    City taxes It amazes me the city is even still discussing raising the meal and hotel taxes and charging an admission fee to local attractions. There has been resistance from all those to be affected. Not once has the city of Williamsburg mentioned raising the real estate tax. The city of Williamsburg...

  • Last Word on taxes, June 24

    Last Word on taxes, June 24

    Affordable housing There is no affordable housing in James City County for most of the hospitality, tourism or retail workers. We desperately need some small, 1,000- to 1,500-square-foot homes without all the fancy amenities on lots big enough to plant gardens and for children to play in. City...

  • Last Word on an exceptional idea, June 21

    Last Word on an exceptional idea, June 21

    Exceptional idea I have a comment about the article in The Virginia Gazette about the Exceptional Games. I'm calling to commend Donnell Brown for an awesome idea, and I hope that what they end up doing when they sit down with some of the plans for next year is that they promote it to the community...

  • Last Word on affordable housing, June 17

    Last Word on affordable housing, June 17

    Affordable housing What are the JCC supervisors thinking? Despite what the median income from the Census states, the average job in the local hospitality industry pays about $9 an hour. So if a worker is lucky enough to get a real 40-hour-a-week job (few do) then that is $360 a week, minus 30 percent...

  • Last Word on city taxes, June 14

    Last Word on city taxes, June 14

    Higher taxes We are glad the City Council has decided to further study the proposal to raise meal tax to 7 percent, up 2 percent from the current tax rate. The 5 percent meal tax currently generates close to $7 million. Kudos to Benny Zhang for speaking up and voting against the tax increase and...

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  • Last Word on Williamsburg taxes, June 10

    Last Word on Williamsburg taxes, June 10

    City taxes It seems to me the city (elected officials?) wants to slaughter the goose that lays the golden eggs. In a number of cases, higher taxes are used to discourage an activity; conversely, lower taxes are used to encourage an activity. I have a proposal for CW on the admission sales tax:...

      • Last Word on safety first, June 7

        Last Word on safety first, June 7

        Meal tax The city proposes to make the the meal tax 7%, up 2% from current tax. The 5% meal tax currently generates close to $7million dollars. The Chamber of Commerce, Colonial Williamsburg and the Williamsburg Area Restaurant Association are all against this without a plan for the money. The...

          • Last Word on flags and hats, June 3

            Last Word on flags and hats, June 3

            Thank you Cedar Grove Cemetery was especially beautiful over Memorial Day weekend. A walk or a drive through the cemetery was a very moving experience. We are grateful to the caretaker, Bill Brown, and his crew. We appreciate those who distributed the flags honoring our veterans. These volunteers...

            • Last Word on saying a prayer, May 31

              Last Word on saying a prayer, May 31

              In our thoughts Prayers are needed for the Warhill High School student critically injured in a recent car accident. Imagine if all of us stopped at the same time that the high school bells ring, 7:20 a.m. and 2:20 p.m. every day, and said a prayer for the recovery of this young man and for all...

              • Last Word on Memorial Day, May 27

                Last Word on Memorial Day, May 27

                Memorial Day Memorial Day is Monday, May 29. It is a day to honor men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Aside from the tradition of placing flags on all veterans' graves, we also raise the flag to full staff, but solemnly lower it to half staff until noon, then raise it to...

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