A reasonable amendment
My property taxes increased by 22 percent from 2012 to 2013. While that much of an increase might cause hardship to a working family, my wife and I live on a modest fixed retirement income and the increase is devastating.
President Obama recently said words to the effect that “no American should go broke because of a medical issue.” I would like to paraphrase that to read, “No Vermont property owner should have to worry about losing his home because of the unbridled spending of a Legislature run amok.”
I looked at the Vermont Constitution (www.usconstitution.net/vtconst.html). Chapter 1, Article 7 reads in part “…that the community hath an indubitable, unalienable and indefeasible right, to reform or alter government, in such manner as shall be, by that community, judged most conducive to the public weal.”
Chapter 2, Article 72 describes the process for amending the Constitution. It mentions the state Senate proposing amendments, and the procedures that must be followed before a measure is sent to the voters for ratification. Article 72 does not appear to allow for a direct voter-initiated petition.
Therefore, I am sending the following proposed amendment to my representatives and requesting that they enact an amendment to the Constitution that will be put to the voters for ratification:
“The Vermont State Constitution is hereby amended to cap property tax increases to no more per year than the figure used by the United States government to determine cost of living increases for Social Security.”
If you agree, please contact your representatives.