Atkins plans forums on new taxes

State Representative Cory Atkins, a Concord Democrat,  is hosting three public meetings across her district to discuss Governor Patrick’s proposal to raise additional revenue for the state. All three meetings will begin at 7 p.m. The first is scheduled for March 7  in the Chelmsford Police Station, 2 Olde North Road. The second meeting will be March 12 in the Concord Town House, 22 Monument Square. The final meeting will be held March 14 in the Acton Police Station, 371 Main St. Patrick proposes to raise $1.9 billion by increasing the state income tax by 1 percentage point to 6.25 percent, doubling the personal exemptions, and closing loopholes in the tax code, while also cutting the sales tax from 6.25 percent to 4.5 percent. “It’s not a question of whether taxes will increase, but rather a question of how and by how much,” Atkins said. “Before I take a vote on raising revenues, it is critical that I hear directly from my constituents on this issue.’’