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No Fairfax Food Tax

No Fairfax Food Tax
June 4, 2014

Help Defeat Fairfax County Meals Tax

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is seeking to introduce a referendum ballot measure that would impose a meals tax of 4% on all restaurant meals and prepared foods in Fairfax County. Fairfax County does not currently have a meals tax.

The Board of Supervisors has created a Task Force, which RAMW is a part of that will put together options for the Board about the potential implementation of a meals tax. RAMW strongly opposes a meals tax in Fairfax, and needs you to join us in this fight!

Sign the petition today:


What Can I or My Business Do to Help?

Join us for a conference call strategy meeting on Thursday, June 5th at 11:30am. Call the below number to be a part of the discussion.  If you are able to participate in the conference call please notify Eden Raskin (

Call: +1 (571) 317-3122

Use Access Code: 609-050-405

We can defeat the meals tax if we work and act together. Here are five steps you or your business can take to help send a unified message to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and defeat the Fairfax County meals tax:

  • Step 1: Sign the petition
  • Step 2: Place this sign near your host stand and on your website.
  • Step 3: Share the petition with everyone you know! Encourage patrons, business neighbors, and friends to sign the meals tax petition.
  • Step 4: Write to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.
    Sample text and contact information here.
  • Step 5: Attend the final Meals Tax Task Force meeting on Wednesday, June 11th at 7:30pm at the Fairfax County Government Center (12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA), Conference Room 232.

Actions to Defeating the Meals Tax

RAMW with the help of Great American Restaurants, Clyde's, Matchbox and Fairfax Chambers have been working tirelessly to formulate a plan to defeat the meals tax. RAMW created a White Paper, which provides statistics and case studies that show the detrimental effects the proposed meals tax would not only have on restaurants, but also on lower income families and senior citizens. Click here to read the white paper.

Mark Tate, our Legislative Consultant, has been representing RAMW at the Task Force meetings and has been lobbying Board members to join us in opposing the meals tax.

It is important the Board sees that Fairfax County and Northern Virginia restaurants, businesses and residents oppose the meals tax!