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McClaughry: Large tax changes on the table

Last month the three-member Vermont Tax Structure Commission delivered a well-written, informative and conscientious report. The Legislature will now need to come to grips with some very large taxation change proposals. The longest part of the report deals with our complex property tax financing of education.

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Roper: Lies, damn lies, and property taxes

This year we learn the property tax rate will increase by a penny ($1.51 from $1.50 per $100 of assessed value for homesteads, and $1.59 as opposed to $1.58 for non-residential properties). This is necessary to fund an additional $70.5 million in new spending this year.