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Jack Sawyer's Bail Reduced To $10,000

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The Vermont Supreme Court has told a state utility board to reopen a Vermont Gas Systems rate case involving tens of millions of dollars in cost overruns for its Addison County natural gas pipeline.

House lawmakers were unable to muster the votes needed to override Gov. Phil Scott's veto of a bill dealing with the regulation of toxic chemicals.
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A group of Mount Tabor residents attend 2018 Town Meeting inside an early learning classroom.
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At 10 cents for every $100, Mount Tabor’s municipal tax rate is among the lowest in the state. Although the rate has always been low, today it is nearly one third what it was in 1999. That’s the year the state’s transportation committee lowered the speed limit on Route 7 in Mount Tabor — against the recommendation of engineers at the Agency of Transportation.

Since then, a single police sergeant has issued over $2 million in traffic fines, mostly to speeding motorists. That money goes a long way in a town of 255. 

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The Scott administration unveiled a new plan Monday to curb costs in the public education system by cutting payroll in local schools.

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