Laura H. Sibilia

We need to rethink the way we pay for schools

For our current education funding system to work, we would need conditions that don’t exist and never will

It's the holiday season, and for many, it's a time of year filled with traditions among families and communities.

In Vermont we also have a unique tradition that kicks off the month of December: the annual receipt of the Vermont's Tax Commissioner's statutorily required letter to the legislature regarding anticipated property-tax rates.

This event, while not anticipated with as much fondness as other time-honored religious and secular conventions, is a predictable, if not pleasant, opening salvo in the annual education-property-tax public debate.

This year, Vermonters are possibly facing a $0.09 increase per $100 of equalized education property value.

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