Recent News

Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 6:26pm

There wasn’t a lot of substance in this election season. “Where’s the beef?” isn’t a question we hear much during campaigns anymore, as Jon Margolis lamented in his column in vtdigger this week. But while candidates may not need to offer thoughtful, workable proposals or even clearly define problems to get elected, they will need to do both after Election Day if they want to improve life in Vermont. Read More

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 9:25pm

Republican Cliff Mann, a realtor in the Huntsville area since 1993, has been elected Madison County Tax Assessor in the Nov. 4 general elections. Mann defeated Democrat Patrick Douglass, a tax assessor's office employee for 19 years and the county's current chief appraiser of business personal property. Read More

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 8:50pm

If I vote to approve the issuance of new school bonds, how much will my property tax increase? Over the past few days, taxpayers in the Guthrie school district have emailed me with this question. They have received their absentee or sample ballot and have seen the Guthrie school district’s proposal to raise taxes by 20 mills. They want to know how much of an increase these new 20 mills will create. Read More

Monday, November 3, 2014 - 9:25pm

With Indiana’s next legislative session set to kick off in just a few short months, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce this past Wednesday laid out its legislative priority list during a luncheon at the Lerner Theater in Elkhart. Read More

Monday, November 3, 2014 - 9:25pm

With Des Moines and other cities facing an expected decline in property tax revenues because of changes in state law, attention has begun to shift to whether tax abatements are an appropriate incentive for development. Read More