- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

HARTFORD, Vt. (AP) - A ballot measure passed in the eastern Vermont town of Hartford to add a new 1 percent local option tax on rooms, meals and alcohol beginning later this year.

The Valley News reports (https://bit.ly/1TQxK06 ) the tax is expected to generate a minimum of $250,000 in annual revenue for the Windsor County town.

The ballot measure passed 1,641 to 1,309. The local option tax was presented to Hartford residents once before, but it was defeated in 2013.

Selectwoman Rebecca White says the difference between now and 2013 is that residents today were more openly voicing a need for an additional revenue source than they were before the budget failed.

Selectman Simon Dennis says voters believed the local option tax was a better alternative to raising property taxes.

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Information from: Lebanon Valley News, https://www.vnews.com

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