Tag: affordable housing

My View: Alexandria gets housing affordability wrong

By Vanessa Calder Alexandria’s city council successfully increased the meals tax on restaurants in its jurisdiction on May 10. The council’s plan is to dedicate...

Letter to the Editor: Restaurant workers need affordable housing

To the editor: Sure, nobody likes a tax increase, but I’m really, really glad Councilor Willie Bailey pressed elected officials to act on affordable housing....

Letter to the Editor: Affordable housing should not be local priority

To the editor: On May 12, the Alexandria City Council voted to confirm increasing the restaurant meal tax from 4 percent to 5 percent, and...

Our View: Off these mean streets

Homelessness is the point where numerous other issues intersect. Housing affordability, addiction, mental health problems and availability of social services and jobs are factors...

Meals tax, Dominion transmission line reroute approved at public hearing

By Missy Schrott | mschrott@alextimes.com Although the battle against increasing Alexandria’s meals tax from 4 to 5 percent was all but lost, local restaurateurs attempted...

Updated: Amidst opposition, council approves meals tax increase

City council increased the restaurant meals tax from four to five percent at its public hearing Saturday. Council approved the increase, which will go toward...

Our View: Right road, wrong vehicle

It’s possible to reach the right destination on the back of the wrong horse. That’s our takeaway from city council’s decision at Monday night’s...

Letter to the Editor: Restaurant tax ignores basic economics

To the editor: The City of Alexandria’s web site promotes our location as “one of the best places” to do business on the East Coast....

Letter to the Editor: Meals taxes are regressive

To the editor: The proposed meals-tax increase before city council would hurt Alexandria residents who are struggling to afford housing (Alexa Epitropoulos, “Ahead of budget...

Letter to the Editor: Let’s celebrate funding for affordable housing

To the editor: On Monday, city council took a bold step in addressing our housing needs here in Alexandria. A 1 percent increase in the...
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