Salem drops $50 permit for Sunday sales
This week, selectmen voted 4-1 to do away with the Sunday and holiday sales permits. The major issues with the permits revolved around the difficulty in finding out how many businesses are actually paying the permits, a lack of enforcement and the fact that Salem is one of the only communities in the state still requiring the permits.
Hickey said the town has no comprehensive list of the businesses and that it would take a significant amount of effort from town staff to compile such a list.
“The staff recommends that the board no longer charge businesses to open on Sundays with a Sunday sales license,” said Hickey.
Campbell said he agreed that the current method of collecting the permit fees isn’t working, but that with better tracking and enforcement the permits could bring in more than the $11,000 a year. He said he would hate for the town to do away with a potential revenue source and then have the burden fall on taxpayers.
Selectman Everett McBride said that Salem and Manchester are the only two municipalities in the state that still collect the Sunday permit fees.
“I don’t want to be like Massachusetts where it is fines, fees and taxes,” he said.
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