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Hartford Decides not to Establish Tax on Rooms, Meals, & Alcohol Sales

The Hartford selectboard decided Tuesday night not to pursue the implication of a new tax on rooms, meals and alcohol sales – at least for now.

The town voted to impose the tax last November, but a subcommittee formed to explore the idea cited scheduling conflicts, and was unable to create a plan in time to be incorporated in the town’s 2016-17 budget.

The selectboard typically votes on the town’s budget in January. Town officials say the idea isn’t completely off the table, however, as a 1-percent rooms and meals tax could make the ballot come Town Meeting time in March.

This is the third time since 2009 the Hartford selectboard has tried – and come up short – in implementing the tax.

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