A rooms, meals and beverage tax was shot down in Hartford.
Voters said no to a proposal that would have given the select board the power to implement a 1 percent tax. The revenue would be used for infrastructure improvements in town.
But those against it say the cost would simply be passed on to local consumers.
"I don't think that we should be expanding the number of ways that we collect tax. If we need it as good citizens, we will pay it and we will have a chance to vote on what we pay for. But giving the select board the ability to tax and increase the rate of that tax incrementally over time is just too broad," said David Briggs of the Hotel Coolidge.
Hartford voters approved two bonds Town Meeting Day, totaling nearly $14 million. They will pay for renovations at the town offices, a new football field at the high school and additional athletic fields on Route 5. A timeline for construction is still being worked out.