Granby Town Meeting rejects local meals tax
GRANBY — A measure to pass an excise tax on meals from town food venues was rejected by town meeting voters at the first session of Town Meeting Monday night.
Residents voted on the first 13 articles of the 41-article warrant on Monday, when around 50 voters checked in at the Granby Junior-Senior High School.
Select Board Chairman Louis Barry said that by accepting the Massachusetts General Law that would allow the town to pass a tax on local meals, the town would bring in an estimated $20,000 the next year.
The measure did not meet the necessary amount of votes on the floor.
“We have exactly four restaurants in town — all small businesses,” voter Pam Desjardins said in the discussion, adding that she did not want to place a burden on these businesses and that she feels there are other steps that could be taken first. “I think it’s the wrong time to do it,” she said.
Town meeting voters passed a measure to create a $25,000 revolving fund to finance the Parks Oversight Ad-Hoc Committee, a new committee that will oversee all parks in town and replace the Dufresne Ad-Hoc Committee, which only oversaw Dufresne Park.
Voters also passed a measure to transfer the remaining balance in the Dufresne revolving fund into the Parks Revolving Fund at the end of the current fiscal year.
At the second session of town meeting, June 17 at 7 p.m., the finance committee will present the town budget and residents will vote on all spending proposals from town departments, including $1.5 million to replace the roof of the Granby Junior-Senior High School.