Town Meeting raises room tax, rejects meals tax

Town Meeting voters on Monday unanimously approved a local lodging tax increase to 6 percent from 4 percent, but rejected a local meals tax. The lodging increase passed without debate after failing in 2011. Proponents said that unlike the meals tax, the lodging tax would be paid mostly by out-of-towners, and that Canton, Norwood, and Foxborough have the same tax rate. Business owners rose to object to the 0.75 percent meals tax, saying it would affect Sharon residents, and Town Meeting voted it down, 46 in favor, 53 opposed. Voters passed a one-year moratorium on adult entertainment businesses to give the town time to rewrite a bylaw that was passed last year but rejected by the state attorney general. They also approved a moratorium of about 14 months on medical marijuana dispensaries and a zoning change designed to allow an assisted living facility across from the Shaw’s plaza.