Town chews on meals-tax option

Town chews on meals-tax option

There are 17 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Oct 26, 2010, titled Town chews on meals-tax option. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

The Board of Selectmen is considering drafting an article for next spring's annual Town Meeting that would allow voters to decide whether to implement a local-option meals tax.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at Lowell Sun.

Restaurant Owner

Andover, MA

#1 Oct 26, 2010
Have you thought about the impact on the restaurant owner who is already struggling to survive with lower sales, paying insurance, paying unemployment taxes, etc? Take away those few 'tips' from the already underpaid workers too?

The more customers have to pay, the less they buy, and the more the business struggles. Not a good way to stimulate the economy.

Boston, MA

#2 Oct 26, 2010
I cannot believe that given the current economy that any city council in their right minds would even consider something like this....Not that wilmington is some big tourist destination to begin with but see how many people go other places to eat...We really live up to our namesake taxichusetts....

Montgomery, AL

#3 Oct 26, 2010
We instituted this tax in Chelmsford over the past year. While I was against it at the time on principle, it has had no impact on businesses and the town makes about 30k. All the arguments about struggling businesses and the .075% tax hurting their ability to generate customers is mostly smoke and mirrors.

On principle, I'm still not for it, but in reality it has no real impact ...
Life time Resident

Dover, NH

#4 Oct 26, 2010
I am all for it, especially now that Wilmington has Chilis'

Lexington, MA

#5 Oct 26, 2010
simply amazing!!!!! economies in the toilet and their answer is tax tax tax tax tax, bottomline tax anyone who still has a job!! instead of going after the freeloaders and the illegals!!!!!!!!!!

Fitchburg, MA

#6 Oct 26, 2010
Even with local aid cuts, communties like Townsend and Pepperell have raised fees and taxes to a point where they are experiencing huge surpluses and cannot find ways to spend it fast enough. No more increases
Let the people vote

Wilmington, MA

#7 Oct 26, 2010
What are you all getting so upset for?? The people will vote on this issue as they should. What is wrong with town leaders looking for ways to pay the bills while we still have NO user fees.

Wilmington, MA

#8 Oct 26, 2010
Seems to me that a large portion of this will be picked up by people visiting our town.
No No

Westford, MA

#9 Oct 26, 2010
Anybody that would vote themselves a tax are fools.
never shop in wilmington

East Hampton, CT

#10 Oct 26, 2010
Don't shop there-taxes are toooooo high.

Tyngsboro, MA

#11 Oct 26, 2010
At least Wilmington doesn't have the CPA tax.

In Tyngsboro it adds 3% to your property tax bill. It's supposed to be used for preservation but here they use it for athletic fields and tennis courts at the elementary school. Things the voters shot down when funding for the school was voted on.

Tyngsboro, MA

#12 Oct 26, 2010
Good way to put the 99 in Wilmington out of business. It wouldn't be the money, just the principle of the tax that would send me to the Tewksbury 99. I am already taxed to death by the town, state and federal government and anytime I can express my unhappiness by avoiding a tax I will!
A VERY Proud American

Clinton, MA

#13 Oct 26, 2010
McCoy's opposition to it couldn't possibly have anything to do with his own restaurant business, right? It's about what's best for the people, isn't it?
No More Taxes

Needham, MA

#14 Oct 26, 2010
The proponents of this tax increase do not get it.
Almost like if they knew (wink, wink) the Mass sales tax would end up in a fraction, therefore "creating" the opportunity to "round it up" to the next percentage.
Why can't the town live within its budget means?
The town steadily increased its tax collection revenues both by raising the property tax rate, but mostly by riding on the wave of the large increase of property values from 1999 to 2008.
However, once home values started to decrease, not even a hint that the assessed value of family property would be adjusted DOWN to follow the Real Estate market values.
How about instead of raising the meal tax, the town give a Tax refund to all property owners because their properties have lost 30% of their value for the past 2 years?
Only shop in NH

Needham, MA

#15 Oct 26, 2010
Soon to be Mass ex-Gov Deval Patrick claims on his political ad that during their tenure in office he has given more funding to schools through state spending on education.
So why is it that school district after school district, keep saying that "times are tough", "there is not enough money to fund all of the kids activities", "there will be increases in fees and cutbacks on services", and their respective town officials keep trying to "sneak-in" property tax increases and school bonds at every opportunity they get?

Town officials can't have it both ways.

Don't turn Massachusetts into bankrupt California or Nevada.
Those states already tried the insane taxation recipe with disastrous results.

The Mass towns with the higher taxes
and fees are not getting more revenues from those tax increases, because people avoid shopping, eating and doing business in those towns, precisely because of the higher taxes.

Not to listen to the tax payers opposition to more taxes will only encourage even more people to go shopping, eat and even get gas in New Hampshire.

pay your taxes

Merrimack, NH

#16 Oct 26, 2010
Restaurant Owner wrote:
Have you thought about the impact on the restaurant owner who is already struggling to survive with lower sales, paying insurance, paying unemployment taxes, etc? Take away those few 'tips' from the already underpaid workers too?
The more customers have to pay, the less they buy, and the more the business struggles. Not a good way to stimulate the economy.
you restaurant cry babies complain about taxes but you never pay them fair and square. You take in cash and do not claim it then you pay low wages to your help. you fiddle with the inventory for tax purposes and, well, you are a tax cheat. stop belly aching and pay your taxes and perhaps the towns will not raise taxes on the rest of us. ok, losers.

Haverhill, MA

#17 Oct 27, 2010
Taxes,taxes, taxes and more taxes! Politicians believe they can tax us out of financial hole! When in fact their efforts to tax us for everything we do or say only digs hole deeper! Vote yes on question three!

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