Petersham voters opt to eliminate animal excise tax

Staff Writer
Wednesday, March 07, 2018

PETERSHAM — Voters on Monday voted 112-11 to nix the excise tax imposed on certain animals, machinery and equipment owned by individuals and non-corporate entities principally engaged in agriculture.

The tax is allowed under state law.

Town officials over the past week explained it took more time and manpower to locate, count, assess, and tax these animals than the $1,000 collected in taxes.

Incumbents elected to their positions for another three years include:

Henry Woolsey, selectman; Renee Wingertsman, tax collector; Diana Cooley, town clerk; Dana Kennan, board of assessors; Robert Pasic, board of health; Jennifer DeJackome, Petersham School Committee; Fifi Scoufopoulos, trustees of public library.

Stephen Herzog (incumbent), and Irene Perkins (54 votes) were elected to the two, 3-year positions on the planning board.

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