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The Top 10 Stories of 2012: No. 8 - the Budget

Taxes went up.

The Top 10 Stories of 2012: No. 8 - the Budget

Through Dec. 31, Vernon Patch is counting down 10 stories that made a difference the the town, to our way of life.

Some of the news was good, some was bad and some was even ugly. 

Here's No. 8 - the budget.

In April, Residents and taxpayers approved an $80.5 million budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year.

A total of 795 voted in favor of the spending plan while 560 were not in favor of it.

The approval means the tax rate jumped from 29.9 mills to 33.63 mills. The Town Council voted unanimously to approve the rate three minutes after the polls closed.

Finance Officer and Treasurer James Luddecke said an increase of .7 mill can be attributed to taxes. The remaining 3.03 is the end result of the town getting hammered on the grand list in a revaluation year with a struggling economy, he said.

Rounding out the Top 10 so far:

No. 10 - Amerbelle,

No. 9 - Reconfiguration 

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