Thomas K. Norment, Jr.

Senate, House agrees to governor's sales tax bill amendments

Senate, House agrees to governor's sales tax bill amendments

The General Assembly voted to approve Gov. Ralph Northam’s amended sales tax bill, enacting it as law and clearing another hurdle for the sales tax hike to take effect.

The governor’s amendments to Senate Bill 942 exempts groceries from the tax and retains the $2 transient occupancy tax currently used to market the region’s tourist attractions. The version of the bill initially passed by the General Assembly would have made groceries subject to the tax and would have eliminated the $2 transient occupancy tax.

Williamsburg City Council must repeal tax increases to transient occupancy, food and beverage and admission taxes as part of the city’s Tourism Development Fund to put...

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