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January 8, 2013

Essex County chair sworn in

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The county wants to add an extra 2 percent to its existing 3 percent occupancy tax and an additional one-quarter percent to its 3.75 percent sales tax.

“We must convince our State Legislature to allow us to have Home Rule and make the decisions we must make on sales tax and bed tax,” Douglas said.

Douglas said he plans to meet with all department heads to discuss their needs and concerns.

“I promise you I am up to this challenge. We will work as a team once again. I will work extremely hard.”

Also at the 214th organizational session, Judy Garrison of Moriah was named clerk of the Board of Supervisors, replacing Deborah Palmer, who retired. Garrison has 21 years in county service.

Garrison named administrative aide Dina Garvey to replace her as deputy clerk of the board. As an economy measure, Garvey’s position will not be filled.

A new supervisor, Charles Whitson Jr. (R-St. Armand), was sworn in at the beginning of the meeting. He replaces Joyce Morency, who died while in office from complications of cancer.

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