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Irvington adopts $615,363 budget, without a meals tax

IRVINGTON—Following a heated debate among council members, Irvington will not adopt a meals tax at this time. The decision came during a reconvened council meeting on Thursday, June 15. 

A proposed meals tax of 3% had been discussed over the course of several council meetings, to establish a source of funding for upcoming capital improvement projects. 

Councilman Wayne Nunnally was the first to speak against the adoption of the meals tax as a majority of residents commenting had made clear they were not in favor of the new tax.

“I think it is incumbent upon us as council to listen to our constituents…there is no way I can support a budget that has the meal tax in it,” Nunnally said. 

Council member Jackie Brown agreed, saying at this time she also is opposed to incorporating the tax into the budget. 

Council member Gabe del Rio, however, said incorporating a meals tax into the budget is a responsible move for future financial planning and….

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