The Williamsburg Hotel Motel Association (WHMA) supports the construction of a 68,000 square foot indoor sports complex saying that it would attract tourism and be a boost for the greater Williamsburg area. However, a bill to fund the project, Senate Bill 254, sponsored by Sen. Thomas Norment, R-James City, was scraped.

In an unanimous vote on Jan. 15, the Senate finance and appropriations committee killed the proposal – often referred to by some locals as the “Tommy Tax”. If allowed to pass, the bill would’ve amended SB 942 by requiring 10% of sales tax revenue be set aside for the regional sports complex.

Williamsburg’s Powhatan Resort

Senate Bill 942

Del. Amanda Batten, R-Norge, R-Norge, wants to end the Historical Triangle’s 1% sales tax increase that was to be used to fund local tourism marketing efforts.

The 1% sales tax increase was introduced via Senate Bill 942  which also created a new Tourism Council associated with the Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance. A $2 transient occupancy tax was also established which is used by the Tourism Council to market the Williamsburg area to overnight visitors. Batten’s bill would end the 1% sales tax on July 1, 2026 unless Williamsburg, James City County and York County constituents vote to keep it.

The Tourism Council said that $21.6 million was collected in 2019 thanks to the 1% sales tax. According to Tax.Virginia.Gov, the area’s sales tax is 7 percent. Code of the City of Williamsburg Sec. 18-236Code of Virginia 58-1-3823 C.

Thanks for reading. All content, articles, news updates, event calendars, Food Truck Tracker and Live Music Finder are always free!

Previous articleColonial Williamsburg Subject of Child’s Gluten Allergy ADA Suit
Next article13 Arrested In Prostitution Operation


  1. Does the Historic Triangle Tourism Council have a web site? I would like to know how they are spending our tax dollars but have no idea how to find out what they are doing. I can find no evidence of a web site on the internet.
    I fully support Delegate Amanda Batten’s HB 1270 to put the question on a referendum to allow the voters a voice. I will vote to repeal the Tommy Tax and let the tourists, who can afford to spend hundreds of dollars a day, pay an increased lodging and entertainment tax instead of the local citizenry subsidizing their vacations


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here