Plymouth resident Mike Hanlon’s article asks town meeting to approve a small local meals tax to supply funding to the 400th anniversary committee, the renovation and restoration of the 1820 Court House and infrastructure improvements around Burial Hill–but Selectmen didn’t bite.
Although the Select Board roundly disapproved of the meals tax article some members complimented Hanlon on the creativity he used in crafting it. But Selectman Belinda Brewster would have none of that:
“I personally don’t believe a tax is being creative. Nothing creative yet has been done regarding fund raising for the Court House or for Plymouth 400—and the first thing that you do is put your hand down and demand a tax—I don’t believe is the way to go.”
Selectman Chair Bill Hallisey:
“I don’t think that this Board wants to start implementing and supporting new taxes for anybody at this time.”
Anti-tax sentiment was expressed by the majority of the town meeting members, who waited almost three hours to speak because of the Board’s full agenda. But a significant part of their opposition was a reluctance to dedicate any funds to the 1820 Court House Consortium. The article’s sponsor, Mike Hanlon, is also a member of the Consortium. He responds:
“I’m not surprised by that at all. It gets down to personalities and I think it’s unfortunate that people can’t separate the differences they have with other people from the question of what is best for the Town of Plymouth.”