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Governor Downplays Killington Tax Revolt

South Burlington, Vt -- Monday January 12, 2004

Governor James Douglas is not taking seriously the town of Killington's threat to join New Hampshire as a property tax protest.

Last week officials in the resort town of Killington announced that they are prepared to secede from Vermont to join New Hampshire. Killington leaders claim the property-rich community of 1, 000 has been unfairly and illegally gouged by Vermont's property tax system. Out of frustration,the town leaders say they are prepared to pullout as a last resort. In response, Governor Jim Douglas said Monday he is NOT taking the threat seriously.

"I assume they understand that it's not going to happen," said Douglas.

The General Assembly of our state has the power to create and change municipal boundaries and I'm not sure the legislature's likely to approve a hole in the middle of the state." he continued. "

But I want to work with Killington and other communities to continue to find ways to make our system of taxation more fair, so I want to work with Killington but I don't what them to leave," he added.

Killington officials say they are preparing to take a vote that will determine whether the secession issue is placed before voters on Town Meeting Day.

Brian Joyce - Channel 3 News

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