- Associated Press - Monday, July 27, 2015

CASTLETON, Vermont (AP) - Addison-Rutland Supervisory Union board members plan to lobby their local school boards and communities for a single district by fall 2017.

The Rutland Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1JpfLZ6) the move is spurred by 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 new districts must serve a minimum of 900 students.

In order for the districts to merge, every member town has to get their electorate to approve the new district before July 1, 2016. The district itself would have to be operational by July 1, 2017.

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

An ARSU board representative said last week she believed “informed” voters would likely back a unified district.

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


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