Associated Press - April 23, 2010 4:25 PM ET
ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont town has rejected a tax abatement request from the widow of renowned artist Stephen Huneck, who was behind on his property taxes when he committed suicide in January.
Gwen Huneck, who owns the property on which Huneck's "Dog Mountain" studio and dog chapel are located, owes $44,100 in back taxes and $8,480 in penalties and interest on four parcels. The Caledonian-Record reported that the St. Johnsbury Board of Civil Authority rejected her request Wednesday to accept a $40,000 payment and forgive the balance.
Stephen Huneck, whose books, woodcuts and dog-themed furniture earned him a large following, was despondent over having had to lay off employees when he killed himself Jan. 7.
According to the Conrad Doyon, who chairs the Board, said the Huneck abatement request didn't meet the board's criteria.
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