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Proposed 5% Middlesex lodging tax hits roadblock

by Larry Chowning

During a joint finance committee meeting of the Middlesex County Board of Supervisors (BOS) and county school board on January 25 it was revealed that 3% of a new proposed 5% county lodging tax is not be possible in 2018-19 (FY19).

In January, supervisors voted 4-0 to have a bill drafted by Delegate Keith Hodges and State Senator Ryan McDougle that would allow the county to consider a 5% lodging tax. By right, the BOS can only approve a 2% lodging tax, but must get the state legislature’s approval for the additional 3%.

However, Middlesex County Administrator Matt Walker announced that State Delegate Keith Hodges already had his proposed docket filled prior to receiving the county’s lodging tax request, and will not be able to introduce a bill on the matter this year.

Supervisors are now expected to consider approving a 2% lodging tax for FY19 and pursue the additional 3% in FY20.

In addition to the 2% lodging tax, Walker outlined four revenue sources that can be utilized to either increase revenues or offset expenses in the upcoming FY19 budget—fund balance (surplus) funds, increased real estate tax funds, elimination of land use taxation, and increases in state and federal funding.

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posted 02.13.2018

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