Purcellville Council Seeks Cut of County’s Plastic Bag Tax

A week after the Board of Supervisors voted to impose a countywide tax on plastic shopping bags, the Purcellville Town Council is getting in line for a share of the revenue.

The 5 cents per bag fee is scheduled to take effect July 1.

The council voted unanimously Tuesday night to authorize Mayor Kwasi Fraser to send a letter asking that the county allocate a share of the bag-tax revenue to support environmental projects in Purcellville.

The letter acknowledges that the General Assembly has not authorized towns to impose the tax or to allow counties to distribute revenues to the towns. However, as home to many of the stores serving western Loudoun, the letter makes a case for a commitment to help underwrite town programs. 

“Since the County tax will fall on grocery stores, convenience stories and drugstores within the Town of Purcellville serving both the Town and Western Loudoun County we believe it is essential the appropriation of collected tax correspond to the immediate interests of the served community,” the letter states. 

It proposes some of the revenue be used to support town environmental cleanups, education programs designed to reduce environmental waste in town, mitigate pollution and litter in Purcellville, and provide reusable bags to low-income residents in town. 

“In short, we are interested in the fair and equitable appropriation of collected revenue. This point should not be underestimated as ostensibly, taxes are levied to address a collective need which in this case is environmentally based. The appropriation of collected revenue must be needs-based with a locality perspective. We look forward to working with you and your staff to ensure both Purcellville and its Western Loudoun County neighbors’ environmental interests are served when it comes time to appropriate tax payer dollars for permitted uses,” the letter states.

4 thoughts on “Purcellville Council Seeks Cut of County’s Plastic Bag Tax

  • 2022-01-27 at 9:02 am
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    This regressive tax is all about the money.

    Anybody who claims otherwise is lying.

  • 2022-01-27 at 10:01 am
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    I would support Purcellville getting a portion of the proceeds. It’s a great town, located in the western portion of Loudoun. And what beautiful homes it has, including Locust Grove. Why not use part of the tax to help ensure the natural beauty of Purcellville? I hope town leaders touch a responsive chord in the heart of supervisors.

  • 2022-01-27 at 12:16 pm
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    If Pville was truly concerned about the environment, they wouldn’t dump an inch of salt on main street for a tiny snow storm.

    The overuse of road salt directly impacts water quality in surface and sub surface water bodies, yet government can’t help themselves — they pour it on thick. Then governmnet turns around and blames private landowners for poor water quality. See how this works?

    Ace is spot on. It’s never about the actual environment; it’s always about their cut of the take.

  • 2022-01-28 at 8:09 am
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    The tax is unnecessary. It takes very little effort to recycle plastic bags at the same grocery store where you get them. Giant, Harris Teeter, and Wegman’s have plastic bag recycling. Plastic bags acquired at other stores can be recycled at the grocery store. Even the Amazon plastic bags can be recycled. Recycling is not rocket science. It’s a matter of simply not being lazy. Once again, the stick is being used instead of the carrot.

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