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Hartford Board to Meet to Discuss Charter Changes 

Hartford — The Selectboard will hold a public meeting Tuesday to discuss a proposed change to the town charter that, if passed by voters, would allow the board to add to portions of the town’s sales tax.

An affirmative vote from the town would give the board the power to levy an additional 1 percent “local option tax” on meals, rooms and alcoholic beverages that would be added to the statewide rates. In Vermont, taxes on meals and rooms are 9 percent and taxes on alcoholic beverages are 10 percent.

If the charter change is ultimately approved by the town, the tax wouldn’t immediately go into effect — it would simply give the board the power to vote on it. When the Selectboard first voiced its support for the charter change in November, Chairman Ken Parker estimated it could generate as much as $250,000 in annual revenue. He added that the tax would mostly affect visitors, who are more likely to dine out and stay in hotels.

Residents will have the opportunity to vote on the charter change at Voting Day on March 5.

Tuesday’s hearing will be held at 7 p.m. in the Hartford High School Auditorium, but will be immediately preceded by a regular Selectboard meeting, which will begin at 6 p.m.