The high property taxes we private citizens and truly local businesses owned and operated by resident Vermonters are presently paying to cover the costs of our infrastructure and education are very much priority issues for any candidate for governor.
Here we discuss infrastructure. Education will be the next topic.
The time when local property taxes funded an infrastructure which was mainly for the benefit of its own community is long past. We pay taxes to the communities in which our houses are. Too truly these are “bedroom communities”. We do our real living where we work and shop, in towns and cities many miles away.
Residents of Burlington and Montpelier are beginning to rebel and are looking for ways to create taxes that will make the many people who come into their cities to work and to shop share in this expense. But it isn’t just the people coming into Montpelier and Burlington who are able to make use of local tax payers. All of the out of state corporations, unless they pay local property taxes, are also getting a free ride from any community which houses them.
Therefore we need to rethink and redefine our understanding of how we are to pay for infrastructure and who is to pay for it..
A mandatory tiered statewide infrastructure tax, based on and distributed to each community according to its needs, which would be levied on all out of state-owned corporations as well as on resident Vermonters would seem to be a good solution.
Local property taxes would then be only to maintain purely local functions such as the town hall, library, etc.