FUND RAISING: View with A Room: $10

View with A Room: $10

Is the view from your office so nice that you should be charged admission? In Hartford, companies are being asked to pay a voluntary fee of $10-per-window for the privilege of gazing upon the vintage architecture and serene greenery of the Old State House building, which is now home to a museum. Wilson Faude, the statehouse's executive director, came up with the view tax as a fund- raising gimmick. The total panes with a view: 4,153.

Faude sent bills to the occupants of those offices last week, and already two companies have paid up: a savings bank (94 panes) and an...

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