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Fee increase plan dropped

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Town Manager Charles Cristello will drop a proposal to increase a number of town fees that would have put the rates in line with those of nearby communities. At last week’s selectmen’s meeting, Cristello said he was recommending that fees for services ranging from common victualer and entertainment licenses to alcohol and auto dealer licenses be raised to $50 a year from the current rate of $25. Cristello said those have remained the same for five years. But several members of the five-person board were concerned that the town would appear unfriendly to businesses if it hiked its license fees. Given the cold reception, Cristello also dropped a plan to increase all-alcohol licenses to $1,200 from $1,000, and wine and malt-beverage licenses from to $1,000 from $800 a year.