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WE ASK THAT YOU SIGN OUR PETITION TO IMPROVE VERMONT'S ECONOMIC HEALTH:

A message to our Governor & General Assembly

We, the undersigned, recognize that Vermont is on an unsustainable path of little or no private sector job growth, excessive government spending and overwhelming tax burdens that are among the very highest in the country. This condition predates the recession.

Our unsustainable and oppressive tax burdens need to be addressed with a comprehensive, Long-Term Economic Plan. One that provides a roadmap of hope and opportunity through economic and productivity growth, leading to the kind of quality job creation and affordable living standards all Vermonters deserve.

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Christopher CampionSouth Burlington

I welcome the efforts of VEH in trying to break Vermont free of the economic shackles that have held Vermonters down for so long. The state has experience a long, drawn-out squeezing of her economic vitality, and it's readily apparent that our legislature consistently and decidedly fails to acknowledge this fact. Vermont is on a precipice; we are teetering on the edge of economic self-destruction, but there is still time to pull back from the abyss. This self-preservation can and must start with those people who claim to represent us - our elected officials.

Bill BarnesShoreham
Margaret BarnesShoreham
Robert AllenManchester Center
Tucker HollandSouth Burlington
Jillian GeissBurlington
Tom ParadisBurlington
peter gutgselljericho
Samuel LatourWaterbury
Patrice MaloneyWilliston
Vern Brosky IIISwanton

I find it ironic that at a time when every Vermonter is finding new ways to travel, eating less expensive foods, and heating and cooling our homes, the legislature continues to tax us into oblivion. It would be different if the taxes were used for something worthwhile like new roads, law enforcement, or child safety programs. Instead, more and more Vermonters are being taxed so much they qualify for state sponsored programs like food stamps, free health care (not if you're a taxpayer), free college, free computers, free housing, and I learned recently vouchers for a free car sponsored and paid for hard working people like myself. This is not the Vermont I used to know and love. In fact, its downright scary what Vermont it morphing into, a progressive, socialist, welfare state. This new "common level tax assessment" is the latest evidence that Montpelier is out of touch with the rest of Vermont. My house is newly assessed at twice what I paid for it 5 years ago and its market value is $60,000 less than the latest assessment. Vermont legislature, hear this, the angry crowds revolting with pitchforks are coming...and sooner than you think. You'd better start listening to us or you won't be a position to listen at all when you're voted out!

Anonymous RUTLAND

HOW CAN ANYONE IN VERMONT GOVERMENT UNDERSTAND WHAT ITS LIKE TO SURVIVE IN VERMONT ON $45,000.00? YOU SEEM TO LIVE VERY WELL ON WHAT WE PAY YOU TO REPRESENT THE PEOPLE OF VERMONT.HOW CAN YOU EVEN IMAGINE WHAT ITS LIKE TO OWN YOUR OWN HOME AND AFFORD THE RIDICULOUS TAX RATES YOU SET ON PEOPLE WHO ONLY MAKE AN AVERAGE OF $40,000 ANUALLY.PEOPLE HAVE TO HAVE GOOD PAYING JOBS IF YOU WANT TO CHARGE US WHAT YOU DO TO LIVE HERE.WE NEED ACCESS TO GOOD PAYING JOBS AND YOU JUST WONT LET THEM IN.DEAN IS GONE AND I THINK ITS TIME TO CLEAN OUT THE REST IN MONTPELIER.ITS UP TO THE PEOPLE OF VERMONT TO CHANGE VERMONT BACK TO VERMONT BECAUSE THE PEOPLE IN MONTPELIER ARE JUST NOT DOING IT FOR US.ITS UP TO US TO VOTE IN SOME ONE WHO LISTENS AND UNDERSTANDS WHO WE ARE,JUST SIMPLE COUNTRY PROUD PEOPLE.ELECTIONS ARE COMING FAST.

Lynda UnwinHighgate Center

We are in shock after receiving our new tax assessment. Apparently the listers for Highgate Center feel that our modest little ranch has appreciated by over $20,000 a year since we bought it 4 years ago. Perhaps we should be happy that our house is now worth $255,000 as oppossed to $173,000, but it is simply and flagrantly not true. So many of us in this community are struggling to budget for next winter's heat bills, and now this? I am concerned that the appeals process may be overwhelming for most taxpayers, so they will be intimidated into paying these outrageously inflated amounts.

Andrew StevensFairfax
Mike JacksonBoston
Anonymous Landgrove

My parents have been living in Londonderry/Landgrove for over 60 years. They have worked hard all their lives and are considered second homeowners as if it's some crime. I am alarmed by how the taxes are figured out based on prior home sales. If you haven't checked lately there are currently many homes on the market, fuel is high and the market is way down . One cannot assume that houses sell for what they are appraised for . The Gold Towns will not be able to cover all the taxes. I don't appreciate knowing people in recipient towns that send their kids to private schools (out of state)with one house on the market while building a new 4,500ft. home. It would be foolish to think about moving to a gold town, resident or non-resident. WAKE_UP- people aren't stupid, it's time to promote business.

John SnyderMorgan

I am a flatlander who came to VT in 1980, loved the place, vacationed here for years, and bought a small, run down fixer-upper camp on posts in the NEK. Property taxes were reasonable. Respecting the "green" philosophy of Vermont, I did NOT clear cut a building lot and erect a McMansion as all the locals expected I would. I worked hard all my life and finally retired in '02. My wife still teaches school. I continued to refurbish my camp into a nice place, and (now seeing the light at the end of that tunnel)I had hoped to retire here in VT. Guess what? That dream has been bludgeoned by your ever increasing taxes. I could grudgingly accept that my taxes do not provide my family here in VT with basic services other states provide- garbage and trash pickup, local police protection, local first aid services; I have my own septic and drilled well. But the last few years of property taxes in VT are dispicable. To make matters worse, until my wife retires I am still considered a flatlander and, living in what is called a "Golden Town", I am taxed more at an even higher rate. WAKE UP VERMONTERS! Vote those socialists and liberal democrats out of office. Welcome businesses into the state with abatements and less rediculous regulations - your sons and daughters can't find jobs, cannot afford a home in the state, and are leaving by the busload. Middle class from out of state cannot afford to "buy-in" in Vermont. So now, Vermont, where is your future? You are indeed pathetic.

Laurel CaseyBridport

shame on you for charging private home owners 9 percent if they rent their own home for a week or two. With our high taxes? Another additional tax for those of us, native Vermonters, who are trying to get by somehow and not have to leave our home state????!!!

Steven KilburnMilton

This is a clear picture of the condition the entire country will be in if government continues to expand and take over private business. My first hand experience with the permit process over the past four year on my project which is a family centered ice arena in Milton has caused me to seek out an organization such as this. Permitting in Vermont if rife with extortion, blackmail and political agendas to keep private business out the recreation industry and private business as a whole. Vtrans has yet to issue our highway access permit in a year and a half. Government run entities are completely inept, and could care less about the money you are spending on the permit process meanwhile we are paying their salaries to delay and stall our commercial projects. They only concerned with protecting their comfortable state jobs and nothing more. Shame on these liberal, progressive, anti-everything, legislatures and politicians and the tree hugging, dirt worshippers who have single handedly bankrupted this state and will do the same to our great country if given the chance ie- Mr Sanders and Mr. Leahy, Mrs. Symington, Mr Obama, Mrs. Clinton and the rest of those misfits.

Brian Wrightvergennes