The Haverhill, Mass. city council approved a new ordinance drafted by the building inspector that would require any business owner using redbox machines to purchase a license and a registration sticker for a $100 annual fee, according to The Haverhill Gazette in Haverhill, Mass. The ordinance does not apply to food or cigarette machines.
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Editor's Insight: With municipal agencies facing budget shortfalls, look for more local taxes on vending machines.
This ordinance does not affect food and cigarette machines, but vending operators everywhere should be on the lookout for local tax proposals as governments face serious budget shortfalls.
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