Cellphone Taxes, Entertainment Taxes…

Alexandria, fresh off a real estate tax rate decrease, will be adding a few more taxes to spread the net a little wider. Since folks are moving away from landlines ($7.50, to the city’s coffers, each and every month), and to cellphones, the city has enacted a $3/mo charge on all cellphone bills over $30/mo (when was the last time you saw one of those?) and 10% on bills less than $30/mo. Mayor Euille said he thought of it while he was sitting in his car:

“I was just sitting in my car at the intersection. I looked around at 15 or 20 other cars, and everybody had a cell phone,”

Great. Glad he was just sitting there, thinking of all the new ways he can tax his population into submission. Also added to the tax bill will be $0.20 more per pack of cigarettes and a new entertainment tax for movie tickets and other events. Looks like I won’t be going back to the Hoffman Center, if it’s only slightly cheaper, than, say, the Fairfax Corner 14’s Directors’ Hall theatre tickets.

This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs

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