D.C. Raises Alcohol Taxes to Fund Metro

Photo courtesy of  Greater Greater Washington .

Photo courtesy of Greater Greater Washington.

According to WAMU 88.5, the D.C. City Council is raising numerous taxes--including booze taxes--to pay for the city's Metro system:

Uber rides and six-packs of beer in D.C. will soon get a little more expensive — and it’s all to help Metro.

The City Council on Tuesday gave initial approval to a $14.4 billion budget for 2019, which includes a number of tax increases to help fund the city’s $178.5 million annual commitment of dedicated funding for Metro.

Taxes will go up on ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft from the current 1 percent of gross receipts to 6 percent. For a $10 ride, that would translate to an additional 60 cents paid by the passenger.

The city’s general sales tax will also increase from 5.75 to 6 percent; the tax for alcohol bought at liquor stores will increase from 10 to 10.25 percent; and the commercial property tax rate on properties assessed at more than $5 million will increase from $1.65 to $1.89 for every $100 of assessed value.

The new taxes will go into effect on Oct. 1, 2018.

“It’s very exciting,” said Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), who also serves as the chair of Metro’s board of directors...

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