Busch Gardens Williamsburg

New sales tax has no sunset provision

I believe, the 1 percent sales tax increase in SB 942 to promote area tourism does not affect the state’s 4.15 percent motor vehicle sales and use tax. The 4.15 percent rate is applied uniformly throughout the state and is not part of the retail sales tax law.

​Nor does it appear to affect the sales tax on grocery store food items.​

But there are some very troubling aspects of the new law. James City County, York County and Williamsburg each have one member on the tourism council. They may or may not be anyone you have ever voted for, can vote for or represent the district you are in. The remaining members are from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Jamestown-Yorktown...