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Tax on State Park Fees Closer to Elimination

A controversial decision to charge state sales tax on parking fees at state parks and beaches is one step closer to being scrapped.

The Senate gave final legislative approval to a bill that would do away with the tax, which was approved last year. 

 "What were we thinking...of establishing a sales tax of 6.35 percent on top of a parking fee in the first place?" asked Sen. Scott Frantz, R-Greenwich. 

Lawmakers last year approved the tax, which was assessed on parking fees at state parks such as Hammonasset, as well as municipal lots of more than 30 spaces.

Sen. Toni Boucher, R-Wilton, hailed the measure as "a return to common...

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