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Lodging tax of 2% approved

by Tom Chillemi

A 2% lodging tax will go into effect on July 1, 2018 in Middlesex and is expected to raise about $200,000 annually.

At its April 3 meeting following a public hearing, Middlesex Board of Supervisors (BOS) voted to approve the ordinance. Monica Sanders of Topping was the only member of the public to speak and said she supported the tax.

County administrator Matt Walker explained the county has the authority “by right” to approve a 2% lodging tax. General Assembly approval is needed for the county to charge an additional 3% lodging tax, which would bring the total tax to 5%. In January 2018, the BOS approved a resolution asking the General Assembly to allow the county to adopt the extra 3% lodging tax. However, the request did not arrive in time to get on the agenda for this year’s session of the General Assembly.

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posted 04.11.2018

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