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August 23rd, 2012
VERGENNES — Despite the first hike in the city’s municipal tax rate since 2008, Vergennes residential property taxpayers are looking at an increase in the overall city rate, including school taxes, of only 1.27 cents. That’s an increase of less than 1 percent.
The overall 2012-2013 Vergennes residential tax rate is $1.8421 per $100 of assessment, up from $1.8294 in 2011-2012.
BRISTOL — The Bristol Planning Commission at its Tuesday meeting grilled Alex Wylie, agricultural director of the Vermont Land Trust (VLT), for more than an hour about the ins and outs of proposed conservation easements along the Route 116 corridor north of Bristol.
The goal of the proposed sale of development rights is to preserve the wildlife corridor, maintain the aesthetics of Bristol’s northern gateway and ensure responsible forestry and agricultural practices.
BRISTOL — At the Bristol selectboard’s Aug. 13 meeting, selectmen met with members of the Howden Hall Committee to discuss upcoming renovations to one of the town’s oldest buildings.
BRISTOL — Since 1995, a particularly dynamic and volatile portion of the New Haven River — just south of Bristol’s A. Johnson lumber mill — has moved 400 feet west, encroaching on Route 116 and threatening numerous homes.
Kristen Underwood, a river scientist and Bristol resident, has been working on a plan to protect homes along this stretch of Route 116 for the past two years. As she’s nearing the end of her state-funded work, Underwood, Route 116 residents, the Vermont River Conservancy (VRC) and the town of Bristol have proposed a solution.