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Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney has proposed a meals tax increase from 6 percent to 7.5 percent to fund renovation and construction projects for city schools. Some opponents, like restaurant owners are not happy about the potential of a half percentage meals tax increase. Jake Crocker of the Richmond Restaurant Alliance says they are being saddled with the load to bring in nine-million dollars for school improvements. Mayor Stoney contends that the additional funds will allow the city to borrow more money for the improvements that are planned. Restaurateurs claim that the additional taxes are not being levied on any other industry and they are being singled out.

Proponents are speaking up and out about how Richmond public schools have been neglected for years. They believe it is only fitting to fund improvement projects for schools that are in dire need.