Vermont Education Tax: How Much Does Your Town Pay?

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Lee Michaelides

Six Upper Valley towns top the list.

Everyone knows education taxes are high in Vermont. But most don't know there is a vast difference between education tax rates from town to town.

Be glad you don't live in Lemington. Property owners there pay $2.37 per hundred dollars of valuation—the highest rate in the state— according to a newly released chart compiled by Vermont's tax department.

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Of the 255 municipalities in the state, six Upper Valley towns rank in the 12 most expensive.

Rank                                    Town                                        Tax rate
2                                        West Fairlee                                 $1.99

 7                                        Thetford                                        $1.89  

 8                                        West Windsor                               $1.89

 9                                        Vershire                                        $1.85

 10                                       Fairlee                                          $1.83

 12                                       Norwich                                        $1.80

Compared to these six towns, Hartford's education tax rate—$1.51— is a relative bargain.

Here's an idea—if you want to live in Vermont and game the taxman, check out Glastenbury. Residents there pay 92 cents per hundred—the lowest rate in the state. The catch? "Glastenbury is one of two Vermont towns where the population levels have dropped so low that the town is unincorporated," according to Wikipedia. "The town has no local government and the town's affairs are handled by a state-appointed supervisor."  When the 2010 census was conducted, eight people lived there.

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