How Can We Lower Property Taxes?

At 2.52% of assessed value, Burlington residents pay among the highest property taxes in the state, close to Winooki’s and significantly exceeded only by Middlebury, another university town.[1] The owner of a house valued at the median here, $230,000, paid $5,800 last year. The bond issue approved by voters in…

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Enhancing Affordable Housing in Vermont

Housing affordability depends on a healthy ratio between employment–job numbers and wages on the one hand–and housing totals and cost on the other. The ability of Burlington’s government to influence this equation beyond city lines is limited yet it is the Chittenden County region within which residents choose jobs and…

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Defend Our Resident-Only Parking System

Burlington neighborhoods contend with a flood of cars as commuters access our downtown and “Hill” institutions. Left unregulated, the resulting traffic congestion and noise degrades property values and puts residents at risk. In response, neighbors demanded and the City created a parking-by-permit system which residents can initiate on their streets…

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Open the Built Portion of the Champlain Parkway

Imagine building a house and boarding it up? Imagine using tax funds to build a school or other public facility but never opening it? If that happened it might find itself in Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!  But that’s what Burlington city government did with the Champlain Parkway. The history…

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