Salem rejects fee to fund road work
Savastano said she learned that the towns of Dover, Derry, Bedford, Claremont and Hanover charge residents an additional $5 fee on their car registrations as a way to help fund transportation improvement projects.
Although there was no official vote on the matter, board members overwhelmingly dismissed the suggestion on the grounds that most couldn’t fathom asking citizens to cough up more cash.
Hargreaves said the increase would prove costly for those with multiple vehicles, noting that he has five cars and a motorcycle.
Selectman Stephen Campbell said he, too, wasn’t in favor of a $5 increase.
Voters at the March 2013 Town Meeting approved Article 7, a $5.3 million item for road construction, repairs and engineering this year.
In late April, Town Manager Keith Hickey warned that some projects, particularly South Shore Road, won’t be up for repairs until 2020, despite the pleas from residents to make it happen sooner.
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