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Hartford in Favor of Options Tax, Discuss Charter

Residents of Hartford met Tuesday night to discuss not only an options tax, but a charter change that would change voting within the town.

A public hearing with the Selectboard was held Tuesday night to allow residents a chance to voice their opinions on a proposed 1% tax on meals, rooms, and alcohol, which is designed to bring in more revenue for the town from tourists or travellers.

According to The Valley News, the majority of the residents who attended were in favor of the options tax, which would avoid a tax increase on Hartford residents.

Also discussed were changes to the charter, which would change how the town votes on town budgets. Instead of the traditional voting structure where a failed town budget would go back in front of voters during a meeting in March, the charter change would bring a failed town budget back to the Selectboard for them to revise it.

After revisions, it would go in front of voters once more for their approval, repeating as many times necessary until it passes.

Another public hearing on both matters is slated for Saturday February 27th at the Hartford High School gym.

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