Roll Call: Senate Votes for $50 Million Property Tax Increase

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PASSED
in the State Senate on May 13, 2013
by a vote of
 
17-10 

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Purpose: This bill proposes to set the education property tax rates and base education amount for fiscal year 2014. (Read the Bill)
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Analysis: Those who voted YES on this bill voted to increase the residential property tax rate by $.05 per $100.00 of assessed value, and $.06 cents on non-residential property to $.94 and $1.44 respectively. Total impact on Vermont taxpayers is estimated to be more that $50 million. (Each penny increase in the base rate takes roughly $10 million in taxes, $6.5 million from residential and $3.5 million from non-residential).
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Opponents of this bill note that school budgets have been rising at an average rate of nearly 5% per year despite declining enrollment in our k-12 system, from 106,000 students before passage of Act 60 in 1997 to well under 90,000 today with projections heading into the low 80,000′s. If projected increases in education costs bear out over the next two years, which they will without reform, the result will be a property tax increase of 11 cents residential and 12 cents non-residential by 2015.
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Senate Journal, Monday, May 13, 2013. “…Thereupon, third reading of the bill was ordered on a roll call, Yeas 18, Nays 10….” (Read the Journal, p. 1528-1529)


How They Voted

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Timothy Ashe (D/P-Chittenden) -YES
Claire Ayer (D-Addison) – YES
Philip Baruth (D-Chittenden) – YES
Joseph Benning (R-Caledonia) – NO*
Christopher Bray (D-Addison) – YES
John Campbell (D-Windsor) – YES
Donald Collins (D-Franklin) – YES
Ann Cummings (D-Washington) – YES
William Doyle (R-Washington) – YES
Margaret Flory (R-Rutland) – NO
Sally Fox (D-Chittenden) – YES
Eldred French (D-Rutland) – YES
Peter Galbraith (D-Windham) – NO
Robert Hartwell (D-Bennington) – NO
M. Jane Kitchel (D-Caledonia) – ABSENT
Virginia Lyons (D-Chittenden) – YES
Mark MacDonald (D-Orange) – YES
Richard Mazza (D-Chittenden-Grand Isle) – YES
Norman McAllister (R-Franklin) – NO
Richard McCormack (D-Windsor) – YES
Kevin Mullin (R-Rutland) – NO
Alice Nitka (D-Windsor District) – NO
Anthony Pollina (P/D/W-Washington) – YES
John Rodgers (D-Essex-Orleans) – NO
Richard Sears (D-Bennington) – ABSENT**
Diane Snelling (R-Chittenden) – ABSENT
Robert Starr (D-Essex-Orleans) – NO
Richard Westman (R-Lamoille) – NO
Jeanette White (D-Windham) – YES
David Zuckerman (P-Chittenden) – YES

*Sen. Benning originally voted YES on this bill, but called for a reconsideration and changed his vote to NO. Our original post incorrectly listed Sen. Benning as supporting the tax. He did not.

**Sen. Sears originally voted NO on this bill, but was not present for the reconsideration.

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