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City to become part of Northern Virginia Cigarette Tax Board

Fredericksburg is one step closer to better enforcing the collection of the cigarette tax from city businesses.

The City Council approved two ordinances Tuesday- one to formally join the Northern Virginia Cigarette Tax Board and one to change  the city code that would bring the city in line with the tax board’s regulations.

The city takes in an average of $550,000 per year from the 31-cent cigarette tax. But with better enforcement, it could be taking in more.

That’s why the city wants to become the 18th member of the tax board.

Here is a recent story that explains more about why the city wants to be on the board.

The Council will vote on the two ordinances a second time at its next meeting.