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Mathews prepares for meals tax vote

With two months before county voters decide on the issue, the Mathews Board of Supervisors met to discuss the upcoming referendum on the proposed meals tax.

Supervisors held a work session on the initiative, which will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot, last Wednesday afternoon in the historic courthouse.

This is the second time that Mathews residents have faced a vote on a meals tax referendum. In November 2014, the proposal was defeated by a 63.21 percent to 36.78 percent margin.

With a large share of the county’s budget designated for unfunded state and federal mandates, County Administrator Mindy Conner said that there are some upcoming big-ticket budget items that involve simply maintaining property the county already owns, “and that’s not even talking about other improvements.”

If the county doesn’t pass a meals tax, said supervisor Charles Ingram, “we’ll have to go after the real estate.”

Supervisor Jack White said people have quest...

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