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Lisbon Beach may have overcharged residents, town offers refund

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LISBON – Taxpayers in Lisbon may have mistakenly been charged to use the town beach, and the town council is offering refunds to anyone with documentation proving they were charged in error.

According to regulations passed by the town council last year, residents and Lisbon taxpayers can get season passes to use the beach for free.

The passes were formerly $10 each.

Passes, which are designed to be stuck to a vehicle, were given out with this year’s tax bills, Town Clerk Donna D. McBath said, and they can also be picked up at the Town Hall.

But a failure to communicate lead to some residents being charged to receive a seasonal pass for the beach.

“Nobody said anything to me,” Michael J. O’Neil, director of the Lisbon Beach and Campground, said about the new system.

The failure to communicate resulted in some residents being admitted for free if they had a pass they received in the mail or at the Town Hall, and others being charged $10.

It’s unclear how many people were mistakenly charged.

To ensure only town residents are using free seasonal passes, the town council said they will be made available only at the Town Hall.

Councilor Alan D. Dailey said keeping the distribution of the passes confined to Town Hall will allow Mrs. McBath to ensure everyone getting the pass is a taxpayer within the town.

“The purpose of this is to make it equitable,” Town Supervisor James A. Armstrong said of the decision.

Councilor Susan M. Duffy said this way residents will “be able to come and go as they please [from the beach].”

Anyone who can prove they were mistakenly charged should report back to Mrs. McBath at the Town Hall for a refund.

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