D.C. budget vote: Amendment to stop fitness tax fails - myfoxcarolinas.com

D.C. budget vote: Amendment to stop fitness tax fails

Posted: Updated:
WASHINGTON -

If you work out in D.C., get ready to pay an extra 5.75 percent tax on your fitness memberships. An amendment to stop the what has been deemed the "yoga tax" failed Tuesday morning.

The D.C. Council is voting on next year's budget. It's worth $10 billion, and includes an expansion on the city's sales tax to including a tax on gym, yoga and wellness memberships. Councilmember David Catania proposed an amendment to prevent fitness memberships from being included, but that amendment failed Tuesday. Catania, Muriel Bowser, Jack Evans and Jim Graham all voted yes to the amendment. The final vote was 9-4 to keep the fitness tax in the budget.

Even though it has been deemed the "yoga tax," other services are included in the proposed package as well, including tanning salons, storage facilities, water for consumption at home, car washes, bowling alleys and more.

Catania said if he's elected mayor, he'll make sure the fitness tax is repealed.

A source has told FOX 5's Matt Ackland that Mayor Vincent Gray is very upset about this budget, including the fitness tax, and that he is considering a veto.

D.C.'s tax code hasn't been reformed since 1998, and the tax revision commission found that it wasn't really fair-- especially to middle-income residents. The new budget proposes a new middle-income tax bracket for those making $40,000 to $60,000 per year. Their tax rate will decrease over time to about 6.5 percent.

In addition, the plan includes a reduction in the business income franchise tax, which is among the highest in the nation. The proposed budget drops that down to about 8.25 percent, which is more competitive with the District's neighbors in Maryland and Virginia.

  • Latest health newsMore>>

  • New marijuana drug 'Wax' looks and feels like lip balm

    New marijuana drug 'Wax' looks and feels like lip balm

    Friday, August 22 2014 7:52 PM EDT2014-08-22 23:52:09 GMT
    It goes by the name Wax, Butter and Honeycomb on the streets, and it can pack a kick equal to 15 to 20 joints of marijuana. The new drug looks and feels like lip balm. It's made from the oils of marijuana plants and has a high level of THC - the chemical that produces a high.
    It goes by the name Wax, Butter and Honeycomb on the streets, and it can pack a kick equal to 15 to 20 joints of marijuana. The new drug looks and feels like lip balm. It's made from the oils of marijuana plants and has a high level of THC - the chemical that produces a high.
  • 5 old-time remedies that could save you a trip to the doctor

    5 old-time remedies that could save you a trip to the doctor

    Thursday, August 21 2014 9:42 AM EDT2014-08-21 13:42:56 GMT
    Even with all of the advances in medicine, don't be surprised if your doctor gives you advice that may ring more nostalgic. Doctor Ray Solano joined us with 5 old-time remedies that could save you a trip to the doctor and could already be in your house.
    Even with all of the advances in medicine, don't be surprised if your doctor gives you advice that may ring more nostalgic. Doctor Ray Solano joined us with 5 old-time remedies that could save you a trip to the doctor and could already be in your house.
  • American doctor who had Ebola has recovered

    American doctor who had Ebola has recovered

    Thursday, August 21 2014 6:46 AM EDT2014-08-21 10:46:52 GMT
    At least one of the two American aid workers who were infected with the Ebola virus was to be discharged Thursday from an Atlanta hospital, a spokeswoman for the aid group he was working for said. Meanwhile, Emory University Hospital planned to hold a news conference Thursday morning to discuss both patients' discharge.
    At least one of the two American aid workers who were infected with the Ebola virus was to be discharged Thursday from an Atlanta hospital, a spokeswoman for the aid group he was working for said. Meanwhile, Emory University Hospital planned to hold a news conference Thursday morning to discuss both patients' discharge.

Powered by WorldNow

WJZY FOX 46
3501 Performance Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28214
Main Number: (704) 398-0046

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices