WASHINGTON -- Fairfax County is examining a potential tax that would raise bills for customers who order food at restaurants.
The "meals tax" would be roughly 4 percent of the cost of a meal, and supporters say it would generate nearly $90 million annually for schools, public safety, parks and libraries.
Many jurisdictions around the area already have a meals tax, including Alexandria and Arlington County.
But the measure is controversial.
Opponents say residents in Fairfax County already face a high cost of living, and the tax could hamper consumer spending.
The county is using a task force to take a closer look at the issue.
In order for the tax to become law, it would need voter approval through a referendum. A similar measure failed in a referendum back in 1992.
The meals tax task force is expected to present its findings to the county Board of Supervisors on Thursday, June 17.
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