Legislation Allowing Consolidated Meals Tax/Bond Referendum Ballot Question Passes House

February 15, 2018

HB 1390 (Aird) applies to an instance in which a county seeks to pay for debt-funded projects with revenues derived from a meals tax, and permits the county to put before the voters a consolidated question on the implementation of the meals tax and the issuance of debt to be supported with meals tax revenues, rather than asking two separate questions, as is currently set out in Code.  This change would avoid a situation in which voters approve debt, but not the revenues to be used to support the debt, as has happened several times in the recent past.  The bill passed the House by a vote of 76-24 and has been referred to the Senate Finance Committee.

VACo Contact: Katie Boyle

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