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Henrico to hold public meetings on meals tax referendum

September 9, 2013

CONTACT: John A. Vithoulkas, County Manager, Henrico County
PHONE: (804) 501-4386

Henrico County will conduct a series of public meetings to provide information on the meals tax referendum, which will be part of the general election ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

County Manager John A. Vithoulkas will lead the meetings, which will be held at high schools throughout the county and at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden from Wednesday, Sept. 18 through Wednesday, Oct. 30. The meetings will include a presentation by county staff and an opportunity to ask questions.

“We want residents to be fully aware of the meals tax referendum before they cast their vote on November 5th,” Vithoulkas said. “To that end, we are committed to meeting with residents face to face to explain the proposal and answer their questions.”

The referendum question will ask whether Henrico should be authorized to charge a 4 percent tax on meals and beverages, like those available in a restaurant. All revenue generated by the meals tax — an estimated $18 million annually — would support Henrico County Public Schools. About 40 percent of the revenue would be paid by nonresidents, who come to Henrico for business or pleasure, according to officials.

The public meetings will be held:

Wednesday, Sept. 18, 7 p.m.
Deep Run High School, 4801 Twin Hickory Road

Monday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m.
Henrico High School, 302 Azalea Ave.

Monday, Oct. 14, 7 p.m.
Highland Springs High School, 15 S. Oak Ave.

Wednesday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m.
Hermitage High School, 8301 Hungary Spring Road

Thursday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m.
Tucker High School, 2910 Parham Road

Monday, Oct. 21, 5:30 p.m. CANCELLED
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden auditorium, 1800 Lakeside Ave.

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m.
Glen Allen High School,10700 Staples Mill Road

Monday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m.
Varina High School, 7053 Messer Road

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m.
Freeman High School, 5701 Three Chopt Road

Wednesday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m.
Godwin High School, 2101 Pump Road

 
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