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Killington to vote on Fire Dept. taxation

Informational meeting held Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m.

KILLINGTON - Next Tuesday, Nov. 5, Killington voters will be asked if they want to extend the volunteer fire department's tax-exempt status for five years.
"The tax department notified us that we'd have to revote their status so that it won't expire by the end of the year," Town Manager Seth Webb said. "The board of selectmen came up with a special article."
Killington's volunteer fire department has fire stations on Killington Road and on River Road. Without the exemptions, the Killington Road property would be taxed at $10,091.11 per year, and the River Road property at $999.42 per year.
Town properties are not subject to taxation, but the volunteer fire department operates under contract with the town.
"This vote would extend the benefit of being tax-exempt to an organization which provides emergency services to Killington residents," Webb said.
The specific language of the article reads, "Shall the Town, pursuant to 32 [Vermont Statutes Annotated, Section 3840] vote to exempt from property taxation for a period of five years, real estate owned by the Killington Fire Department?"
The article was officially warned on Oct. 1. An informational meeting will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m.
Voting takes place in the town office next Tuesday. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.