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Hearings Tuesday on proposed tax, fee increases

The Mathews County Board of Supervisors will hold two public hearings on changes to ordinances in the county code during the board meeting at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Mathews High School.

One hearing is on a proposal to increase the transient occupancy tax from 2 percent to 5 percent of the total amount paid for lodging. Three percent of the tax would, by state law, be designated and spent to increase lodging and generate tourism revenues for the county.

The second hearing is on a request by the Mathews County Sheriff’s Office to increase the fee in criminal or traffic cases from $10 to $20 in order to fund courthouse security.

Tuesday’s meeting will be considered virtual, said a press release, however, the auditorium will be open to the public, as advertised.  Access will be limited to 50 members of the public due to the increase in COVID numbers. Citizens may submit comment online  There will be a separate comment form for each of the advertised public hearings and the usual comment form for regular public comment.

Written comments may also be emailed to the county administrator at

For copies of the ordinances, visit

Edited to reflect that the meeting will be considered primarily virtual, with only 50 members of the public admitted in person.