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Wed July 9, 2014

Salem Eliminates 'Sunday Business' Fee

Businesses in the town of Salem, New Hampshire, have been asked for years to pay an annual $50 fee to open on Sundays or holidays. As of next year, that fee will be gone.

The Eagle Tribune reports selectmen voted 4-1 on Monday to eliminate the annual fee as of Jan. 1, 2015. They said some businesses were paying it, while others weren't.

Assistant Town Manager Leon Goodwin said only 228 of several thousand businesses have paid it this year.

Voters adopted the regulation in 1983. Goodwin said just a few communities in New Hampshire still charge a Sunday fee, which dates back to a time when most local businesses were closed that day.

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