At the 2004 and 2005 Town Meetings
, the citizens of the ski
resort community of Killington, Vermont
voted in favor of pursuing secession
from Vermont and admission into the state of New Hampshire
, which lies 25 miles to the east.
Supporters claim that the townspeople pay the state $10 million per year in property taxes
and $10 million a year in sales taxes
(as well as income
and other taxes), but receive only $1 million a year to help fund their school system. In the words of Town Selectman Butch Findeisen
, "There is a point where sharing turns to looting."
An economic study
commissioned by the town determined Killington would save a minimum of $7 million per year, excluding individual state income tax savings. Copies of this study were distributed at the 2004 Town Meeting
and are available from the town clerk's office.
The town also claims to have suffered long term problems with restrained development under the state's Act 250
environmental law, which, in an attempt to control unrestrained growth and to balance the interests of developers and their neighbors, set up a system of environmental review boards, in which those affected by the planned development can challenge a proposed development plan. Supporters claim the expense of dealing with this has led Killington Ski Resort to have the highest lift ticket
prices in the country. (Luckily, thanks to the fact that the ski area is close to New York City
, the... Read More