Vermont

Vermont’s property tax system is unfair, complicated and getting worse every year. Its very complexity tends to hide the basic facts that would reveal how unfair it is. We must act to make major changes, and in the upcoming legislative session. Read More

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State school-tax rates have put Waterbury, Duxbury and 110 other communities in an unusual situation — town residents will pay higher tax rates than nonresidents. Read More

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Recession effects

30 Mar 2014

Vermonters are still suffering the after-effects of the Great Recession, and one of those effects is the upward pressure on property taxes. When these causes and effects are fully understood, policymakers may feel less pressure to alter a system that, for the most part, is working well. Read More

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Pressure mounts

23 Mar 2014

Consternation is mounting over property taxes following the defeat of nearly three dozen school budgets at town meeting this year. Voters have rejected budgets in towns such as Underhill, where the tax rate was set to skyrocket, even as the school budget decreased. But they also rejected budgets in districts such as Rutland City, where increases in the budget and the expected tax rate were modest. Read More

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 There’s a lot of discussion at the Statehouse about the rising burden of property taxes because for the second year in a row, there’s going to be a sizeable increase in the statewide property tax rate for education. This year the rate is scheduled to rise about seven cents. Read More

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Representatives from nonprofit schools, arts groups, and charitable organizations testified this week against proposed changes to Vermont’s property tax exemption regulations, reports the VT Digger, itself a nonprofit news organization. Read More

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Representatives from nonprofit schools, arts groups and charitable organizations testified on Monday against proposed changes to Vermont’s property tax exemption regulations. Read More

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School property taxes may be going up even more than first expected. Read More

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A big win for the Town of Colchester. The Vermont Supreme Court has sided with the town in dispute over property taxes for some lake front homes. Read More

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A long-running dispute over the tax status of a Vermont educational organization has led to a lawsuit. Read More
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The Ethan Allen institute has just published the result of last week’s Vermont State Senate voting on H.265, a bill which focuses on linking education costs to propoerty tax rates for fiscal year 2014. Read More

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In an uncharacteristic bid to exert heavier influence over the financial decisions of local school boards, House Democrats are undertaking a late-session push for controversial reforms to Vermont’s education funding system. Read More

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The $23 million Brooks House redevelopment project inched forward Tuesday after the Brattleboro Selectboard approved an eight year tax stabilization agreement with Mesabi LLC, the group of local investors who want to redevelop the property. Read More

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The owner of the Mount Anthony Country Club is more than $100,000 behind on property taxes and town officials say if it’s not paid by the end of the month the country club could be sold for back taxes. Read More

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Working Vermonters who are looking for property tax relief aren’t going to be happy. Democrat and Progressive members of the Vermont House voted, in the first round, for a 5-cent increase in the statewide property tax Feb. 20. Read More

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Amid grumbling from minority Republicans, the Vermont House on Wednesday endorsed increases in the statewide school property tax of 5 cents per $100 of value for residential properties and 6 cents per $100 for vacation and commercial properties. Read More

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Vermont property taxes will go up if a new measure receives the support of legislators. Read More

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The first week of Vermont's legislative session is mainly symbolic, but one house committee wasted little time returning to work. Read More

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