Washington annual town meeting preview

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Where: Washington Town Hall, 8 Summit Hill Road

This year's annual town meeting will vote on 17 articles, including whether to impose a local room tax and enter into a 10-year-contract with a new recycling service. The town will also decide whether to purchase a gate to block off access to the Ashley Reservoir, where a 19-year-old was shot and nearly killed last year during an illegal gathering of teens in the area.

Room Tax: The town will vote on whether to impose a 6 percent room tax on all short-term rentals in town. The local excise tax would be paid by the guests at bed-and-breakfasts, hotels, lodging houses, Airbnbs or motels. In Massachusetts, there is a state room occupancy excise tax of 5.7 percent. Municipalities can also vote to impose their own tax of up to 6 percent.


Fiscal 2020: $2,384,603

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Decrease: 0.3 percent

Line items

$62,000 from free cash to replace the truck bed on a town plow truck

$40,000 from free case to repair a section of the town hall roof

$2,200 from free cash to install a gate to block entry to the Ashley Reservoir by way of Washington Mountain Road

— Haven Orecchio-Egresitz


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