Meals Tax Increase Is Opposed

Published 2:59 pm Thursday, April 14, 2011

Editor, The Herald:

I'm 73-years-old and have been coming to Farmville all my life. I buy insurance there, automobiles, health care services, groceries, furniture and so forth.

I read with dismay that Farmville is driving me away from their places to eat with an increase to an already onerous food tax, raising the level beyond that of most places in the entire county.

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As one of the people council was salivating about sticking it to, I resent tax-gouging on any level and that's exactly what the increase represents. The idea that the tax mostly affects out of towners must mean Farmville has an inordinate level of brown baggers. Until now, I thought that one of the duties of the governing body of a given jurisdiction was to promote business within and not drive it away. This increase, to me, is the proverbial straw that breaks the camel's back. Enough is enough. Time for a venue change.

William Evans

Charlotte Court House