The following was among actions taken at the Oct. 17 meeting of the Arlington County Board. For more information, call 558-2261.
BUSINESS TAX RATES REDUCED -- The board approved a proposal by Arlington County Manager Anton S. Gardner to continue reducing county business tax rates to state-mandated levels. Most of Arlington's business tax rates already are equal to or below levels adopted by the state legislature. But some Arlington businesses, including hotels, motels, parking lots and restaurants, still pay tax rates above those levels.
The board approved the following tax rate reductions for 1988: hotels and motels will be cut from 55 cents to 46 cents per $100 of gross receipts; parking lots will be cut from $3.40 to $2.85; and restaurants will be cut from 25 cents to 20 cents. The board adopted most of Gardner's proposals but voted to reduce tax rates for parking lots by an additional 10 cents.
State tax rate levels are 36 cents for hotels and parking lots and 20 cents for restaurants.
The board also cut tax rates for amusements such as theaters and bowling alleys, even though the county's rates are below the state's 36-cent guidelines. Board members, who cut the rate from 35 cents to 25 cents, approved the reduction in an effort to retain family-oriented businesses within the county.
County financial officials said the tax rate reductions will cost the county about $357,000 this year.
Since 1983, Arlington has been one of several Virginia jurisdictions required by the state to gradually reduce business tax rates to state levels. The county must continue to reduce its business taxes annually for the next several years to meet that goal.