February 19, 2013

Local tax: Perennial nonstarter gets a push

Even opponents agree that the governor's budget could spawn a municipal tax on goods, services.

By Randy Billings rbillings@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Herman said communities statewide are largely taking a wait-and-see attitude regarding the local tax. If LePage's proposed elimination of revenue- sharing remains in the budget, they will likely get behind a local option tax, provided it's part of broader tax reform, he said.

"The local option tax could be part of a broader menu of tax reform, but probably not the sole option," Herman said.

Even the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, which has opposed previous local option tax proposals, agrees that the case for a local option tax becomes stronger if cuts to revenue-sharing go through.

"I would expect the (forces) of the past that defeated this will also prevail this time," said Dana Connors, chamber president.

Connors said the chamber's internal committee will review the local option bills once they are drafted before taking a position.

Although Brennan sees momentum behind the local option tax this time around, he is still cautious about its chances of success.

"Even though I think there is more momentum and more possibility, it's still got a long road to travel before it's passed," he said.

Staff Writer Randy Billings can be contacted at 791-6346 or at:

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Today's poll: Local option tax

Do you want your town or city to have the ability to adopt a local option tax?

Yes

No

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