Bill granting limited additional taxing authority to Halifax County for school construction advances

February 5, 2019

HB 1634 (Edmunds) originally authorized all counties and cities to impose an additional local sales and use tax at a rate as determined by the governing body, if initiated by a resolution of the local governing body and approved by the voters at a referendum. Revenue from the tax would be used solely for capital projects for the construction or improvement of schools.

While VACo was supportive of the original bill, it was amended at a January 23 meeting of the House Finance Committee’s Subcommittee #2 to only apply to Halifax County and for any additional sales tax to not exceed 2 percent.

On February 5, the bill passed the House of Delegates on a vote of 74-23.

VACo Contact: Jeremy Bennett

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