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Pros and cons of eliminating/lowering boat tax discussed

by Larry Chowning

At a January 8 Middlesex County Board of Supervisors meeting eliminating or lowering the county boat tax was once again a topic of discussion.

During 2017 budget talks, Middlesex County marina owners lobbied unsuccessfully to persuade Middlesex supervisors to follow the path of Lancaster, Gloucester and other jurisdictions to reduce or eliminate the boat tax in Middlesex.

County marina owners and boat owners argued that the boat tax created an unfair competition with surrounding counties, causing boat owners to take their boats and their money elsewhere.

Last year Pinetop District supervisor Chip Holt attempted to lower the tax rate from 98 cents on $100 worth of value to 53 cents on boats over 5 tons, and 93 cents on boats under 5 tons. Supervisors, however, voted not to change the boat tax rate for the current fiscal year (FY2017-18).

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posted 01.17.2018

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