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August 27, 2013

Essex Co. sales-tax hike gets final OK

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Part of the increase will be paid by tourists, Palmer pointed out.

“Essex County is a tourist-driven county. We have over a million visitors who come in on a yearly basis. This increase in sales tax is an opportunity to collect extra funding from those visitors.”

Supervisor Thomas Scozzafava (R-Moriah) is usually opposed to tax increases, but he said he supports this one.

“This certainly, in my opinion, is much better than an increase in the property tax.”

The board voted 17-0 to OK the sales-tax hike, with Supervisor Daniel Connell (D-Westport) absent.

Manning said he would immediately file the required paperwork with the County Clerk’s Office and the state to make the increase official.

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