On Monday, August 22, Windsor’s Town Board referred a 0.25% open space sales tax increase to the November 2022 ballot, which would cost a consumer 2.5 cents on a ten-dollar purchase of taxable items. If approved by Windsor voters, the local sales tax rate would increase from 3.95% to 4.20%.
In July of 2022, the Town of Windsor conducted a survey that was distributed to a randomized group of registered voters to obtain a sampling of whether the Windsor community would support funding initiatives identified in the Open Space & Trails Strategic Plan. Surveys were collected online and by phone. In the results, 64% of voters said they would support a sales tax to fund Open Space land acquisition.
Currently, the Town of Windsor relies on private residential and commercial development dedicating portions of their land to the town as trails and open space.
Results from the public survey are posted online at https://windsorgov.com/ostsurveyresults. For information about the Windsor Open Space & Trails program, visit https://recreationliveshere.com/OpenSpace. To view ballot language and frequently asked questions and answers about the measure, visit https://windsorgov.com/openspacesalestax.