Watertown has netted more than $500,000 in new revenue since the town adopted a local option tax on meals served in restaurants, according to figures released by state revenue officials.
State legislation enacted in 2009 gives cities and towns the option of imposing an .75 percent local tax on top of the state's 6.25 percent meals tax. Since adopting the program in January 2010, Watertown has collected $546,186.
Watertown is one of 146 communities in Massachusetts to participate in the program, which generated $43.3 million for towns in fiscal year 2011. So far, the tax has raised around $70.5 million total for towns and cities across the state, according to a statement from the state Department of Revenue.
Not surprisingly, larger cities with more restaurants collected the most income, with Boston topping the list at around $30 million. However, smaller communities also stood to benefit, with Pioneer Valley hub Northampton raking in $939,000 and Blandford, a town of 1,233 on the New York border, taking in $52,000 from its two MassPike service areas.
Natick and Framingham, which share the busy Route 9 corridor, have collected a total of $2.7 million, state officials said.