- Associated Press - Friday, August 14, 2015

CASTLETON, Vermont (AP) - The Addison-Rutland Supervisory Union is officially studying the possibility of becoming a single district by 2017.

The Rutland Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1NfjppP ) the union’s six member towns voted unanimously Wednesday to form a 14-member study in accordance with Act 46, a law that aims to tackle the state’s declining student population and rising property taxes by providing tax incentives to districts that merge voluntarily.

The committee will study the impact and viability of ARSU consolidating its boards into a single district with one board and budget.

Its recommendation will go to the state for review, then onto voters in each member town.

Proponents of Act 46 say the goal is to create economies of scale and expand student opportunity.

Communities that merge into a single district by 2017 will see five years of tax breaks.

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Information from: Rutland Herald, http://www.rutlandherald.com/

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