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Eric Davis: Beverage tax would hurt the poor

Posted on April 2, 2015 |
By Eric Davis



Legislative committees are considering whether to impose a 2-cent-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. In my opinion, this tax will raise less revenue than its proponents expect and will adversely affect low-income households and small retailers.

Lawmakers are considering a beverage tax in order to increase payments to health care providers whose patients are covered by Medicaid. Because Medicaid payment rates are low, providers shift their costs to patients covered by employer and individual insurance policies.

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Opinion: VUHS cuts would hurt kids, school, property values

Posted on March 16, 2015 |
By Christopher Wyckoff



As a Vergennes Union High School faculty member, local taxpayer and parent, I find myself in a very awkward situation. As a faculty member I support my school and my community. I want to make it clear that my job is not in jeopardy from the proposed cuts. As a local taxpayer and parent, I feel an obligation to write this letter to inform the public on some of the details of the proposed budget and some of my thoughts on this process.

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County voters reject five school budgets

Posted on March 5, 2015 |
By Zach Despart and Evan Johnson



ADDISON COUNTY — Voters in the northern half of Addison County rejected five school budgets in two supervisory unions on Tuesday evening, a sign that voters remain frustrated with the rising costs of education taxes.

Residents rejected spending plans for Vergennes Union High School and Ferrisburgh Central School in the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union, and three schools in the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union: Mount Abraham Union High School, Monkton Central School and Bristol Elementary School.

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Clippings: All taxpayers have 'skin in the game'

Posted on February 5, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



Let me be clear: I value holding onto my money as much as anybody. I brown-bag, buy in bulk, and browse for products on sale.

And I wish my taxes were lower. For the record, we pay almost $6,600 on a Middlebury home assessed at about $250,000. Property tax relief doesn’t really help much, if at all, depending on fluctuations in one of our incomes.

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Opinion: Taxing soda not a smart plan

Posted on February 5, 2015 |
By C.W. Cobb



With regard to the sugary beverage tax being floated and which so enchants our own Angelo Lynn, if Montpelier is so concerned for our health why is there a tax on gym memberships? Sounds like the state wants to have its soda and drink it too.

C.W. Cobb

Middlebury

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Opinion: Soda tax misses the mark

Posted on February 5, 2015 |
By Brian Bauer



If you believed that the Shoreland Protection Bill was about fighting pollution in Vermont’s waters, you also probably believe that a tax on sugary drinks is a health care initiative. Both could not be further from the truth.

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Opinion: State tax structure amounts to farm welfare

Posted on February 5, 2015 |
By Craig Scribner Sr.



Reading the Jan. 15 issue of the Addy Indy inspired me to pen this missive. Bob Foster, the Middlebury Moo Doo Guru, and Bill Moore, Vermont Farm Bureau lobbyist, painted farmers as the epitome of philanthropy.

Untrue as proven by the following scenario. A business in Bristol assessed at $2.5 million, the property tax, (calculated at the non-residential rate) would be $56,877.50. Farm buildings in Bristol assessed at $2.5 million, the property tax is $0.

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Opinion: School finance reform needed

Posted on January 28, 2015 |
By George Jaeger



Max Kraus’ excellent letter in the Jan. 15 Addison Independent goes to the heart of the matter. It’s not just that school taxes are high and rising — even as student populations decline — but that the system is hugely inefficient and produces at best average results.

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Opinion: VUHS taxpayers can no longer afford all the 'extras'

Posted on January 28, 2015 |
By Elizabeth Armstrong



Has the Vergennes Union High School board not been informed that the taxpayers are done with “over the top” cost-per-student rates that are the highest in the country that do not give results of a better education for the students in our neighborhoods.

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ACSU school budgets rising, some tax rates going up faster

Posted on January 26, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The proposed 2015-2016 budgets for six of the Addison Central Supervisory Union’s seven elementary schools reflect spending increases ranging from 0.2 percent to 5.35 percent, but the impact on taxpayers in most communities will be greater due to declining enrollment and other variables.

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