Yarmouth Selectmen to discuss, possibly vote on room & local meal tax tonight

Meeting begins at 7 p.m. tonight

The Yarmouth Selectmen Meeting will begin tonight at 7 p.m. at the Yarmouth Town Hall. The agenda includes a discussion (and possible vote) about the proposed increase in both the room and local meals tax. 

The Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce is encouraging residents and Yarmouth business owners to attend tonight's meeting and make their voices heard.

This Saturday, August 1, the sales tax across the Commonwealth will increase from 5% to 6.25%.  The state legislation is also allowing for individual towns to add .75% to the 1.25% increase, bringing the meal tax in any given town in Massachusetts to 7%.

In addition to the potential meals tax increase, the state is allowing for individual towns to raise the local room tax from 4% to 6%, that plus the state's portion of the lodging tax would bring it to 11.7%.

According to the Yarmouth Chamber, an increase in either tax requires Town Meeting approval. A special Town Meeting may be in the works for late August or early September to address some other town budgetary issues and the tax increase would most likely also be addressed at that time.

If the town approves a tax increase, it could be put into effect as early as October of this year.

See the Selectmen Meeting Agenda here.

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