city of St. Albans was just approved by the state for the latest tax increment
financing district. Other
communities are interested in districts of their own, but state law limits how
many there can be. So Gov. Peter Shumlin wants the Legislature to add more
VPR has been traveling the state the past couple of weeks to gauge voters’ moods heading into
the election. Many Vermonters say jobs and the economy top their list of concerns – a sentiment frequently heard in St. Albans.
debates about how to spend local tax dollars erupt at town meetings in March and settle down by the end
of mud season. But
in this abnormal economy, a few cities and towns in Vermont are still waging budget battles. In
St. Johnsbury, tempers have been flaring for months, and voters will vote for a
third time Tuesday on a
controversial school budget.
major fire badly damaged a building in downtown St. Albans early this morning and closed much of the downtown. There
were no injuries. Investigators spent the morning and afternoon sifting through
rubble to determine the cause.
At least four fire departments are battling a
4-alarm fire in downtown St. Johnsbury this morning. The fire is believed to
have started late last night in a convenience store on Main Street, just yards
from the Fairbanks Museum.