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November 30, 2012

Essex County bed-tax hike advances



County Manager Daniel Palmer said tourists also need county services that have to be paid for from the general fund.

“If you do it and it generates tourist money and that generates additional sales tax, that is good, but you have to understand that tourism also generates general-fund costs. We have to have roads. We have to have bridges. We have to have 9-1-1 service.

“People that come into this area expect those things when they visit, so it is a general-fund cost involved in all that, as well.”

County Attorney Daniel Manning III said the increase would be a Home Rule Act request to the State Legislature, which he’ll prepare if it passes a final vote at Tuesday’s regular Board of Supervisors session.

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