Bill would charge seceding towns with ‘exit fees’

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Divorce can be costly, and some lawmakers want the town of Killington to know that before it continues its drive to leave Vermont for New Hampshire. Three House members have introduced a bill that would charge exit fees to towns if they want to leave Vermont. The bill would also sever state contracts with businesses in the town in question.

That could have a big impact on Vermont’s largest ski resort. Killington resort leases land from the state for its ski trails. Resort officials will say only that they share the town’s concerns about the state’s property tax system and that they are following the situation closely.

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