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Roanoke City Council approves city meal tax increase

April 04, 2010
  • Roanoke City Council has approved raising the city's meal tax by two percent for two years to help generate nearly $9 million for the school system.
Roanoke City Council has approved raising the city's meal tax by two percent for two years to help generate nearly $9 million for the school system.

Roanoke City Council has approved raising the city's meal tax by two percent for two years to help generate nearly $9 million for the school system.

It was a packed house inside council chambers as educators and restaurant owners made passionate pleas for and against the tax increase. 

Opponents say it unfairly targets one industry, and they fear people will now eat out in neighboring Roanoke County where the meal tax is much lower.

Supporters say the hike will help the school system which has been devastated by state budget cuts.

In the end, city council agreed. The ordinance passed unanimously.

News7's Justin McLeod will have reaction tonight on News7 at 10 & 11.

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Roanoke City Council has approved raising the city's meal tax by two percent for two years to help generate nearly $9 million for the school system. 

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There could be a food fight of sorts at Roanoke City Council on Monday.

Councilman Court Rosen has proposed raising the city's meal tax by 2 percent for two years to help generate nearly $9 million for the school system.

Supporters say it will help soften the blow of state budget cuts.

Opponents fear it will end up hurting a number of businesses.

As News 7 was first to report, there is an alternative plan that would raise the tax 1.5 percent and make it permanent.

City Council will have the final say.

A public hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday.

News 7 will be there for the debate.

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