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taxes http://addisonindependent.com/taxonomy/term/259/all en Opinion: VUHS cuts would hurt kids, school, property values http://addisonindependent.com/201503opinion-vuhs-cuts-would-hurt-kids-school-property-values <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Christopher Wyckoff </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> 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.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29139">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503opinion-vuhs-cuts-would-hurt-kids-school-property-values" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion budget taxes VUHS Mon, 16 Mar 2015 12:48:55 +0000 Zach Despart 29139 at http://addisonindependent.com County voters reject five school budgets http://addisonindependent.com/201503county-voters-reject-five-scool-budgets <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Zach Despart and Evan Johnson </div> </div> </div> <p> ADDISON COUNTY &mdash; 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.</p> <p> 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.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28966">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503county-voters-reject-five-scool-budgets" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County bristol budget education Featured Ferrisburgh Montkon Mount Abraham taxes vergennes voters VUHS Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:21:17 +0000 Zach Despart 28966 at http://addisonindependent.com Clippings: All taxpayers have 'skin in the game' http://addisonindependent.com/201502clippings-all-taxpayers-have-skin-game <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Andy Kirkaldy </div> </div> </div> <p> 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.</p> <p> 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&rsquo;t really help much, if at all, depending on fluctuations in one of our incomes.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28394">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201502clippings-all-taxpayers-have-skin-game" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion equality taxes Thu, 05 Feb 2015 13:00:17 +0000 Andy Kirkaldy 28394 at http://addisonindependent.com Opinion: Taxing soda not a smart plan http://addisonindependent.com/201502opinion-taxing-soda-not-smart-plan <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> C.W. Cobb </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> <span style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">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.</span></p> <p align="right"> <strong>C.W. Cobb</strong></p> <p align="right"> <strong>Middlebury</strong></p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28391">full story</a></h4> Opinion soda taxes Thu, 05 Feb 2015 12:57:44 +0000 Zach Despart 28391 at http://addisonindependent.com Opinion: Soda tax misses the mark http://addisonindependent.com/201502opinion-soda-tax-misses-mark <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Brian Bauer </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> If you believed that the Shoreland Protection Bill was about fighting pollution in Vermont&rsquo;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.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28389">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201502opinion-soda-tax-misses-mark" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion soda taxes Thu, 05 Feb 2015 12:56:04 +0000 Zach Despart 28389 at http://addisonindependent.com Opinion: State tax structure amounts to farm welfare http://addisonindependent.com/201502opinion-state-tax-structure-amounts-farm-welfare <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Craig Scribner Sr. </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> Reading the Jan. 15 issue of the <em>Addy Indy </em>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.</p> <p align="left"> 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.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28385">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201502opinion-state-tax-structure-amounts-farm-welfare" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion farmers taxes welfare Thu, 05 Feb 2015 12:51:53 +0000 Zach Despart 28385 at http://addisonindependent.com Opinion: School finance reform needed http://addisonindependent.com/201501opinion-school-finance-reform-needed <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> George Jaeger </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> Max Kraus&rsquo; excellent letter in the Jan. 15 <em>Addison Independent</em> goes to the heart of the matter. It&rsquo;s not just that school taxes are high and rising &mdash; even as student populations decline &mdash; but that the system is hugely inefficient and produces at best average results.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28239">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501opinion-school-finance-reform-needed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion education reform taxes Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:19:06 +0000 Zach Despart 28239 at http://addisonindependent.com Opinion: VUHS taxpayers can no longer afford all the 'extras' http://addisonindependent.com/201501opinion-vuhs-taxpayers-can-no-longer-afford-all-extras <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Elizabeth Armstrong </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> Has the Vergennes Union High School board not been informed that the taxpayers are done with &ldquo;over the top&rdquo; 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.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28237">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501opinion-vuhs-taxpayers-can-no-longer-afford-all-extras" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion budget taxes VUHS Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:16:26 +0000 Zach Despart 28237 at http://addisonindependent.com ACSU school budgets rising, some tax rates going up faster http://addisonindependent.com/201501acsu-school-budgets-rising-some-tax-rates-going-faster <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> John Flowers </div> </div> </div> <p> MIDDLEBURY &mdash; The proposed 2015-2016 budgets for six of the Addison Central Supervisory Union&rsquo;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.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28188">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501acsu-school-budgets-rising-some-tax-rates-going-faster" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Middlebury ACSU budget taxes Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:21:24 +0000 Zach Despart 28188 at http://addisonindependent.com End of Small School Grants would hit home http://addisonindependent.com/201501end-small-school-grants-would-hit-home <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Andy Kirkaldy </div> </div> </div> <p> ADDISON COUNTY &mdash; As lawmakers wrestle with education funding reform this winter, one idea that has gained some favor in Montpelier is ending &ldquo;Small School Grants,&rdquo; extra funding to smaller schools that helps them keep their doors open. Gov. Peter Shumlin, for one, made that recommendation in his Jan. 15 budget address.</p> <p> In recent years the Legislature has tried to address what lawmakers see as cost inefficiencies in smaller schools by passing laws to encourage unification within and between school districts.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28184">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501end-small-school-grants-would-hit-home" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County Burrows education Featured legislature reform school funding Sharpe taxes Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:11:49 +0000 Zach Despart 28184 at http://addisonindependent.com Slight spending hike results in bigger tax boost at OVUHS http://addisonindependent.com/201501slight-spending-hike-results-bigger-tax-boost-ovuhs <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Lee J. Kahrs </div> </div> </div> <p> BRANDON &mdash; Statewide education funding reform can&rsquo;t come soon enough for Otter Valley Union High School. Despite the fact that the OV board approved a proposed budget this month with a modest 1.83 percent spending increase, the union Homestead tax rate will increase by roughly 7 cents, or 4.6 percent.</p> <p> The board on Jan. 7 approved a $10,718,131 spending plan for the 2015-2016 fiscal year, a $192,414 increase over the current spending plan.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28129">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501slight-spending-hike-results-bigger-tax-boost-ovuhs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Brandon budget Otter Valley OVUHS taxes Thu, 22 Jan 2015 13:08:31 +0000 Zach Despart 28129 at http://addisonindependent.com Greg Dennis: Toking, taxes and the new Vermont green http://addisonindependent.com/201501greg-dennis-toking-taxes-and-new-vermont-green <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Greg Dennis </div> </div> </div> <p> Reports commissioned by a state legislature are famous fodder for recycling bins.</p> <p> But a recent report prepared for the Vermont Legislature promises to be widely read and debated. That&rsquo;s because it&rsquo;s about a topic with lots of buzz in every sense of the word: Should Vermont legalize marijuana?</p> <p> We&rsquo;ve already decriminalized possession of less than an ounce. Now Vermont is seriously debating whether to join four states and the District of Columbia by fully legalizing the wily weed.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28104">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501greg-dennis-toking-taxes-and-new-vermont-green" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion legislature marijuana taxes Wed, 21 Jan 2015 19:37:01 +0000 Greg Dennis 28104 at http://addisonindependent.com Editorial: Gov. Shumlin's budget sets bold challenges http://addisonindependent.com/201501editorial-budget-sets-bold-challenges <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Angelo S. Lynn </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> Gov. Peter Shumlin had little choice in his third-term budget address last Thursday but to propose significant cuts in spending and propose some increases in the state&rsquo;s revenue stream. The state is facing a $94 million shortfall in fiscal year 2016, and he did what no politician likes to do: propose cuts in spending and tax increases.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28029">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501editorial-budget-sets-bold-challenges" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial budget legislature Shumlin spending taxes Mon, 19 Jan 2015 12:42:33 +0000 Zach Despart 28029 at http://addisonindependent.com Editorial: Are your taxes a problem? http://addisonindependent.com/201501editorial-are-your-taxes-problem <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Angelo S. Lynn </div> </div> </div> <p> The liberal Public Assets Institute recently asked all Vermonters a compelling question: Are your school taxes a problem? In seeking public response, one would think they will be flooded by responses from taxpayers who are angry about their high property tax bills.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27968">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501editorial-are-your-taxes-problem" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial taxes Thu, 15 Jan 2015 12:04:17 +0000 Zach Despart 27968 at http://addisonindependent.com VUHS budget draft calls for staff cuts http://addisonindependent.com/201501vuhs-budget-draft-calls-staff-cuts <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Zach Despart </div> </div> </div> <p> VERGENNES &mdash; Voters in the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union got their first look at what next year&rsquo;s budget for Vergennes Union High School may look like when district administrators presented a draft to the school board Monday evening.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27871">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501vuhs-budget-draft-calls-staff-cuts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vergennes ANwSU budget cuts deficit Featured school board taxes vergennes VUHS Thu, 08 Jan 2015 11:52:37 +0000 Zach Despart 27871 at http://addisonindependent.com