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Proposed meals tax ignites public comment in Irvington

IRVINGTON—Irvington residents on Thursday, June 8, expressed disapproval of a proposed meals tax. Comments came during a public hearing on a 3% meals tax prior to council’s regular monthly meeting. 

According to the draft ordinance, the meals tax would be implemented on September 1, 2023, and would be automatically repealed for evaluation on August 31, 2024. 

Marsha Chapman referred to that as “putting the cart before the horse.”

With no specific project designated, she feared the money would eventually go to a capital improvement project that is not even supported by the town, said Chapman. 

Additionally, adding a meals tax would further the town’s financial reliance on Tides Inn, which is estimated to contribute 60% of the town’s revenues. 

Despite a sunset clause, once large figures come in….

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