• Incomplete info on taxes
    October 05,2013
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    A reader in Lake Elmore wrote on Friday, Oct. 4, that his property taxes have risen 22 percent since 2012. It would be easier to understand his problem if he could clarify how much of this increase, if any, he will actually have to pay.

    If the property concerned is his “principal home” and his income is, as he says, “modest,” then Vermont law limits his actual property tax to a certain percentage of his income. All he has to do is register the property with the tax department as his home, and they will send his town clerk funds to apply to his tax bill.

    So many people grumble about taxes, and their motives are so often political. It is hard to fairly weigh their claims without complete information.

    REBECCA BARTLETT

    Brattleboro
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