Increased sales tax a possibility for Town of White Hall

Published: Mar. 11, 2019 at 10:27 PM EDT
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In April 2017, White Hall voted to increase sales tax in the town to half a percent in order to help bring in more revenue.

Monday night council member Charles Mason proposed the idea of raising the tax to a full percent, citing the possibility of ending other fees residents currently pay.

"I think it would be a good gesture toward the residents and the businesses to eliminate the fire fees and do away with them," said Mason. "Another thing we could maybe look at down the road is the utility tax."

However, not every council member was on board with the idea of raising the sales tax, like member Zella Keener who believed the money coming in from the original tax has already been mismanaged.

"I think it's a shame we're already talking about increasing the sales tax," said Keener. "This town put that in and automatically went and spent over 4 million dollars on a public safety building before ever deciding how much you were collecting. Or how much you'd have on hand. In what, a year, you've out spent that and have to raise taxes again?"

Other members opposed to the idea of a tax increase was Mayor Guy Ward, who believes the town will have enough revenue coming in with the new businesses coming to the Middletown Mall.

"We're going to have a lot of businesses opening up by the mall, and that is going to bring a lot more revenue to the town," said Mayor Ward. "Which we won't have to raise the taxes for."

Of the seven members in attendance; three were in favor of the tax, three were opposed, and one was undecided. The vote whether or not to raise the sales tax has been tabled until their next meeting.

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