No New Sin Tax for Harrisonburg

By: Amy Gleason
By: Amy Gleason

After some discussion, the city decided they don't need a cigarette tax right now and even if they do decide to implement it in the future, they wouldn't consider going over the 25-cent cap that could be put in place by the state.

Local store owners and managers came out to voice concerns. They said the tax would send business into the county and cause problems with wholesalers.

Some council members felt like a five or 10-cent tax was "nickel and diming" people too much.

Others said this was a regressive tax, targeting a poorer, less educated population.

If council decides it needs the couple hundred thousand dollars a year this tax could make, it could be brought up again at a later date.


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