Plymouth: Voters overturn Town Meeting and say ‘no’ to meals tax

For the second time in two years, Plymouth voters turned thumbs down Saturday to Town Meeting’s approval of a 0.75 percent meals tax.

2,564 voted against the surcharge, with 1,905 voting in favor of it.

Just two of the town’s 15 precincts supported the tax, including the newest precinct, which includes the Pinehills.

The meals tax would have added about 19 cents to a $25 restaurant bill, and was expected to generate $1 million annually, which would have gone toward preparations for Plymouth’s 400th anniversary in 2020.

Officials report a 12% voter turnout.

Vote count by precinct:

one: 88 yes–130 n

two: 115y –192n

three: 125y –137n

four: 185y –125n

five: 160y –256n

six: 101y –166n

seven: 101y –162n

eight: 53y — 141n

nine: 37y — 71n

ten: 67y — 137n

eleven: 97y — 205n

twelve: 119y –141n

thirteen: 97y –171n

fourteen: 84y –167n

fifteen: 476y — 363n

About Garo Hagopian

Garo Hagopian has been a member of the WATD family as a weekend news anchor since 2008, and has been a writer-producer-editor at WBZ in Boston since 1996.