D.C. "yoga tax" gets approval from council despite previous opposition

(WJLA) - Your health club membership or drop-in yoga class will cost a little bit more in Washington after a budget proposal that was only made public Tuesday night passed the D.C. Council on Wednesday.

According to a Washington Post report, The so-called "yoga tax" applies Washington's 5.75 percent sales tax to a wide variety of services, including health clubs, yoga studios, storage lockers, carpet cleaners, car washes, bowling alleys and pool halls.

Tuesday's budget proposal created by council Chairman Phil Mendelson is not the first time the yoga tax has been floated. The same sale tax expansion was floated four years ago, but it was quickly shouted down in the face of loud opposition that included a hundreds-strong rally in Freedom Plaza.

Asked if giving the public just 18 hours notice between the budget's proposal and its vote, Mendelson argued that the yoga tax has been public since it was included in a set of Tax Revision Commission recommendations released in December.

“The burden is on the public to pay attention to what we’re doing,” Mendelson told a gym owner who confronted him in the council chamber.

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