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Debate around meals tax heats up

Many towns see windfall; others fearful

Todd Rotondo, co-owner of Cafe Salerno in Beverly, supported the additional 0.75 percent meals tax the city approved recently: “I live in the city, so I look at it from the aspect f revenue that will help the shortfall from the state level.’’ Todd Rotondo, co-owner of Cafe Salerno in Beverly, supported the additional 0.75 percent meals tax the city approved recently: “I live in the city, so I look at it from the aspect f revenue that will help the shortfall from the state level.’’ (Lisa Poole for The Boston Globe)
By Eric Moskowitz
Globe Staff / March 7, 2010

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BEVERLY - Seven months after they were granted the authority by the Legislature, one in five Massachusetts communities has opted to boost its local meals tax, adding 15 cents to every $20 restaurant tab and generating several million dollars to bolster city and town budgets. (Full article: 1353 words)

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