Robert S. Mueller III

Last Word on sales tax, Feb. 24

Last Word on sales tax, Feb. 24

Sales tax increase

Instead of a 1 percent sales tax increase to feed the tourism oligarchs, how about an increase to promote affordable housing for the people who do the work that runs the tourism industry in the area? Seems like the Chamber of Commerce, JCC Supervisors and the Williamsburg City Council ignore that 58 percent of households in the area live at 130 percent or less of the federal poverty level, as published in this paper on July 29, 2017, page 6A. And those people work for the industry that is demanding a tax increase they will be forced to pay. To add insult to injury, JCC is giving tax reductions for gentrified developments in Jamestown. Does Virginia have a state...

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