- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

NORWICH, Vt. (AP) - School board members in a Vermont town are weighing the advantages of a district merger.

The Valley News reports (https://bit.ly/1Liq9DV ) that if Norwich merged with another district- officials have considered Thetford as a possibility -the town could claim tax incentives under Act 46.

The law aims to tackle the state’s declining student population and rising property taxes by providing tax incentives to districts that merge voluntarily.

The goal is to equalize educational opportunities in the state and improve economies of scale in smaller districts.

If the district merges between July 2017 and July 2019, it would trigger an 8-cent discount on the equalized homestead rate for school property taxes.

Norwich School Board Chairman Neil Odell says administrators are meeting with colleagues in other towns to merely “consider their options.”


Information from: Lebanon Valley News, https://www.vnews.com

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