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Joseph Johnston, representing the Sully District Council of Citizens Associations, disputes several points with Arthur Purves, who heads the Fairfax County Taxpayer’s Alliance, during the May 29 meeting.

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Eat. Drink. Pay?

Fairfax County task force debates voters’ appetite for another meals tax referendum.

It has been 22 years since Fairfax County asked voters to approve a tax on restaurant meals, an issue that ignited protests, caused deep divisions among community leaders and threatened to melt down several political careers. The reverberations of that epic failure — what many consider the third rail of county politics — continue to echo in the ears of county politicians.

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