Reaching for the stars
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Since: Jul 10
#1 Nov 3, 2010
If some yokel bigots have made Dr Fisher feel unwelcome in Bellows Falls, I hope he will consider Brattleboro instead.
#3 Nov 3, 2010
In today's world prejudice still lives and not at any group or class. While being in charge or control and the eyes are on you this is a very fair state . The society on their own or friends can still be hard on the "not them" Every day while out there you can see it and you don't have to be Black to find it. I am ashamed of them for you and hopefully some results while become of this unpleasantly. The old Vermonters are tired and wary of "outsiders" moving in and changing their life styles that made Vermont what it was. Life has change for the majority of the STATES in a changing world. First they move in flaunting their money and next invading the town offices till they fine tune their opinion on all. From day one they claim to be a Vermonter and there is no way of hiding who they are. A real Vermont will not tell you or almost no one their opinions and thoughts unless asked maybe. Windham County is the most liberal and their are 13 more counties you would find more accepting respectable attitude. Better luck on your quest of relocating.
#4 Nov 3, 2010
Annie Pilette...right on. Vermont has 107 more state and local employees per 100,000 population than the New England average. 625 in Vermont and 518 is the New England Average. We are by far the highest state in New England and 51 employees/100k than the next closest state which is Maine.
That translates to somewhere between $40 million and $75 million a year inclouding benefits.
We are on about every other list as the highest taxed state per capita. "CNNMoney ranked Vermont highest in the nation based on the percentage of per capita income. The rankings showed Vermont had a per capita tax load of $5,387, 14.1% of the per capita income of $38,306."
It is time to do something about this. I think if the voters had the true story they would not have voted for Shumlin or any democrat. Too late now but let's keep the discussion on the table.
#5 Nov 3, 2010
"We need to figure out some system that provides the funds the state needs to run government but that is fairer to everyone."
charge by the square foot of living space and up the rate some on excessive living space
Like a fixed rate for the first 1500 square feet and anything over that a little higher rate per square foot.
Land, grade it by condition and zoning regs and charge so much per acre.
The current system works fairly well in cookie cutter subdivisions where properties are comparable, it doesn't work well when it's really hard to compare one place to another place when some places can have things that turn buyers off or things that make a place more attractive to buyers.
If the system was changed from wild guess market value to size of the lot and size of the house there would be no need to argue about market value and to do endless revaluations.
Like ok your have 1200 square feet of living area and 2 acres, it's .80 cents a square foot and $500 a acre=$1960
Plus .25 cents a square foot for storage space. lets see the basement, garage, shed add up to 2,000 square feet, another $500 for tax.
Porch open .30 cents a square foot, enclosed .40 cents.
If taxes are raised 2% all rates gets raised 2%
The hard part would be figuring out some system for land, like somebody has 3 acres and it's 2 acre zoning area, the 1 extra acre is of little value because it isn't a building lot so maybe a 50% discount off that acre.
If somebody has 5 acres and it's 2 acre zoning and there is no way the extra acres hold any market value because they can't be built on a reduced rate on the excess land.
Forrest & farm land of course would have a low rate compared to homestead property.
commercial property same thing, flat rate per square foot based on use, warehouse, retail, office, ect.
The system couldn't be changed overnight because it would be sticker shock to some people, it would need to be phased in over decades.
#6 Nov 3, 2010
Sorry that is 4.0 and 7.5 million dollars a year and 40 to 75 million for 10 years.
Since: May 08
#7 Nov 3, 2010
I am truly sorry for the reception you have received from a local Bellows Falls bigot. Mike is a throwback from a thankfully gone-by era and is not representative of the Vermont population as a whole.
#8 Nov 3, 2010
Dr. Fisher please donít judge this village or state on the actions of this 1 man, You will be hearing from the village in writing about this horrible injustice officially and the civil rights division of the Attorney Generals office will also be contacted about this ugly incident.
The seeds of hate and racism do not grow well in the good rocky soil of Vermont.
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