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Supervisors consider changes to Gloucester’s business tax

Gloucester business owners who saw a dramatic increase in their BPOL (Business, Professional and Occupational License) tax this year may see some relief, as the county’s board of supervisors discussed options Tuesday night for providing such relief during its work session on the budget in the colonial courthouse.

At-large supervisor Ashley Chriscoe suggested modeling the BPOL tax approach after Middlesex County, which caps the amount of the BPOL tax it charges at $2,500 for those businesses with gross receipts amounting to $2 million or less and $5,000 for those businesses with gross receipts over $2 million.

“I think we should leave our rates alone if capping is a viable option,” Chriscoe said. “Also, we need to see if there is any mechanism for relief and see about getting some of this money back to these people.”

During last week’s board of supervisors meeting, more than half a dozen business owners spoke about how shocked they were when they l...

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