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Vt. treatment center fights to keep tax-exempt status

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An addiction treatment center in Underhill is pushing back against a ballot item targeting its tax-exempt status.

Maple Leaf Farm treated more than 2,000 people over the last two years. Executive Director Bill Young says he's confronting a budget crisis due to state and federal changes, and he was stunned to learn that the town of Underhill will vote on whether to reconsider the center's tax-exempt status. It would mean $25,000 for the town budget, but deeper cuts for the center.

"We're looking at an over $200,000 decrease in anticipated Medicaid revenue. We've cut some staff to try to accommodate that. We'll still probably have an $80,000 deficit at the end of this year," Young said.

Young says no one from the town of Underhill reached out to him about the idea.

The select board chair says the idea to talk about the tax-exempt status comes from ongoing town budget pressures. The town will also be considering the tax-exempt status for the Underhill Fire Department, which is expiring.

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