The Sandwich Chamber has taken an official position opposing Article 12 - Allowing the town to charge a local meals tax in addition to the existing state tax on restaurant meals. The Chamber continues to oppose this tax as a unfair burden, singling out one sector. The Sandwich Chamber opposes any increased taxes further burdening one industry as an unfair tax.
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Chamber and restaurant owners against hike in meals tax
In another email circulated by a local restaurant owner, a laundry list of reasons to vote against Article 12 is presented. See that appeal here.
Proponents argue that 75 cents on a $100 bill is insignificant and the $250,000 or so that the tax is estimated to add to town coffers is needed to pay for important services and to close the ever present budget deficit.
Are you for or against adding three-quarters of a percent to our meals tax, bringing the tax to 7% versus the current 6.25%? Vote in the poll at the right and add your comments below.
To vote for real, show up to town meeting on Monday. There is no vote at the polls on this issue; it will be decided at town meeting.