Martha’s Vineyard Times: Selectmen voted Tuesday [November 13] to require boat owners [in Edgartown, Massachusetts] to prove they have paid the required annual boat excise tax before they can receive a mooring permit.

The action came on the recommendation of the town’s marine advisory committee, which voted unanimously to support the measure, according to harbormaster Charlie Blair. It covers all boats that are “habitually moored or principally situated” in Edgartown. Mr. Blair said that would cover boats that are moored in the harbor only in the summer season.

“It’s a state requirement,” Mr. Blair said. “We get half of that money for the waterways improvement fund. The only way that money can be spent is at town meeting. In the last few years Pam (Dolby, town administrator) has been using it to offset some of our expenses. We’re hoping to reap more funds.”

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