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Milking the Cow - Taxation and Secession in Vermont
    #2395820 - 03/02/04 05:39 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)


http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/Northeast/03/02/killington.secession.ap/index.html

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KILLINGTON, Vermont (AP) -- Voting with a thunderous "aye," residents endorsed a plan Tuesday for this ski resort town to secede from Vermont and become a part of New Hampshire instead.

The overwhelming voice vote opened the next chapter in what could be a long and costly push to join New Hampshire, 25 miles to the east.

Ultimately, the vote could prove to be only symbolic. State lawmakers in New Hampshire and Vermont will have the final say. And Vermont legislators said secession will probably be voted down.

Town officials said about two-thirds of the 200 to 300 people who attended the town meeting supported secession.

The main source of discontent is Vermont's new system of financing education, adopted in 1997 on orders from the state Supreme Court. It dramatically increased property taxes in wealthy communities like Killington.

Secession activists say Killington's restaurants, inns and other businesses send $20 million a year to Montpelier in sales, room and meal taxes, while the state returns just $1 million in municipal and education aid to the town of roughly 1,000 residents.

"The state is treating us like a cash-cow," said David Lewis, town manager.

Town officials will now draft a petition to present to New Hampshire Gov. Craig Benson and the state's Legislature. Lewis said town officials want New Hampshire's approval before approaching Vermont's lawmakers.


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Re: Milking the Cow - Taxation and Secession in Vermont [Re: afoaf]
    #2395849 - 03/02/04 05:45 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

A town of 1,000 residents sends $20,000,000 to it's state government????? That's $20,000 per person, man, woman and child?????
Huh????


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Re: Milking the Cow - Taxation and Secession in Vermont [Re: zappaisgod]
    #2395956 - 03/02/04 06:09 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Killington is a big bucks ski resort type town.


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Re: Milking the Cow - Taxation and Secession in Vermont [Re: zappaisgod]
    #2396193 - 03/02/04 07:28 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

to elaborate on what luvdem said...

they've got an enormous revenue base generated
by the tourists and seasonal visitors.

sales tax
hotel tax
meal tax (must be a VT thing)

plus, I'm sure there's a few big wigs living there
with sizeable income tax receipts.


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Re: Milking the Cow - Taxation and Secession in Vermont [Re: afoaf]
    #2402700 - 03/04/04 02:55 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

So it's not their money. It's the visitors money thats going. They just collect it. Stupid fucking middlemen who think they are the producers. Let the fucks secede, make all roads in toll roads, and deny them air rights. Let the assholes eat snow.


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Re: Milking the Cow - Taxation and Secession in Vermont [Re: zappaisgod]
    #2402831 - 03/04/04 03:22 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

Yeah really.

How unpatriotic.

Maybe rich corporations should seperate from their countries to set their own tax laws. You could have soveriegn states the size of a factory, a big-box mega-store, etc.

Maybe they should do that, cuz I bet they'd make even more profit.

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Re: Milking the Cow - Taxation and Secession in Vermont [Re: carbonhoots]
    #2403002 - 03/04/04 04:06 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

I'd invade.


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Re: Milking the Cow - Taxation and Secession in Vermont [Re: carbonhoots]
    #2403137 - 03/04/04 04:37 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

Where can I buy stock?


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