HOLLAND – The members of the Holland School Board hope that voters armed with a better understanding of the budget they rejected on Town Meeting Day will reconsider their decision.
The school board voted Monday night to ask townspeople to go to the polls on Thursday, April 7, to reconsider spending $963,000 for the town’s elementary school.
Balloting will be preceded by a hearing on the budget scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5.
Conversation between board members and the seven members of the public who attended Monday’s meeting suggested that misconceptions about how the state calculates tax rates, might have…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:
HOLLAND — The Holland School Board has crafted a budget for the town’s elementary school that reduces spending by nearly $80,000 compared to last year. Working with a very sharp pencil, they reduced the elementary school’s budget from the $1.02-million voters approved last year to about $963,000.
As a result, the portion of the town’s education rate assigned to the elementary school will be down by a smidgen more than one cent per hundred dollars of assessed value.
Overall, though, Holland’s education tax rate is likely to rise by 17 cents per hundred dollars of assessed value. The steep increase is due to a couple of factors… To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:
DERBY – The board of North Country Union High School and the North Country Career Center have something of a late Christmas gift for area voters – a budget that is 2.34 percent lower than that approved last year.
As most local residents know, a lower budget does not always translate into lower property taxes. But North Country Supervisory Union Director of Business and Finance Glenn Hankinson predicts most of the towns in the high school union should see…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:
Assistant Judge Ben Batchelder speaks to a meeting of selectmen and first responders Monday evening at the Orleans County Courthouse. Photo by Joseph Gresser
copyright the Chronicle July 1, 2015
by Joseph Gresser
NEWPORT — Select boards and side judges encouraged the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department to keep planning for a local dispatch center, but suggested that a timetable calling for opening by the end of the year was too ambitious.
At a meeting held at the county courthouse Monday evening, Assistant Judge Ben Batchelder explained the county’s budget process and said that, even moving as quickly as possible, money to establish and run the proposed dispatch center would not be available until October 2016.
The county holds a public hearing every December to discuss budget needs, which include…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:
Rod Barrup stands in the yard of his company, Green Mountain Mulch. He said his problems with the state Department of Taxes sometimes make him want to shut down his operation. He doesn’t, he added, because of his workers, who stuck by him when he lost everything in a fire and got the business back in operation in short order. Photo by Joseph Gresser
copyright the Chronicle October 15, 2014
by Joseph Gresser
DERBY — Rod Barrup is not happy with the government of what he calls “the first communist state in the U.S.” In particular he is angry about a $400,000 bill from the Vermont Department of Taxes.
Mr. Barrup’s business, Green Mountain Mulch, has been operating for close to 40 years and ships five million bags of bark mulch and another 3,000 trailers full every year.
WESTFIELD — Since property tax bills here went out recently, town officials have heard a lot of griping — and confusion. Why did the residential property tax rate go up 24 percent when the Jay-Westfield School budget went up by about 5 percent?
“We’ve had a lot of people not happy, and I’m in that category,” said Westfield Town Clerk LaDonna Dunn. “This year in Westfield we got hit pretty hard.”
Newport’s Spates Block just sold for $2.85-million. Photo by Joseph Gresser
copyright the Chronicle January 8, 2014
by Joseph Gresser
NEWPORT — The $2.85-million sale of the Spates Block will change the face of downtown Newport. It will also require the city to revalue all property on its Grand List.
According to a memo from City Assessor Spencer Potter, the sale, along with the $1.1-million sale of the properties on which the new Maplefields gas station is to be built, will bring a call from the state for mandatory reappraisal.
City Manager John Ward urged the aldermen to act quickly on the matter at the city council’s meeting Monday night. They heeded his advice and unanimously agreed to proceed with a full reappraisal of Newport.
Mr. Ward said it is quite possible that new sales will drop the city’s Common Level of Appraisal (CLA) enough that the state will raise education tax rates to compensate. The CLA is a measure the state uses to ensure fairness in the statewide tax by making sure appraisals in all towns generally match the results of actual sales.