The Alexandria (VA) City Council has raised the city’s local meals tax to generate funds for affordable housing. The local meals tax will increase by one percent to five percent, which is expected to raise up to $4.75 million annually for the city’s affordable housing trust fund. Alexandria has pledged to develop or preserve 2,000 affordable housing units by 2025, indicating the urgent need for affordable housing in the city and region. According to council member Willie F. Bailey Sr. (D), who championed the meals tax proposal, the affordable housing crisis reaches many middle-class workers in the city, including teachers, firefighters and city employees who are unable to afford an apartment in the city.
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