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Friday, September 05, 2008

Drinks & Taxes 2008 v12: Manchester, Vt., Hopes Alcohol Taxes Closes Budget Gap

Officials in Manchester, Vt., are counting revenue from the first quarter of a new tax on meals and alcohol sales in the community. Local residents vote 61-53 at a special meeting in December to add a 1 percent tax to these items to raise $200,000 to help to close a budget gap that was expected to be $370,000.

It now appears that both the tax collections and budget gap will be less than expected.

During the first quarter of the new fiscal year the tax generated $35,500. Some restaurants had not been notified to start collecting the tax and business during the April to June period is traditionally slow. The most recent estimates of the budget gap is that it will be around $183,000.

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