Lawmaker says towns should get more money for flood dams

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A state lawmaker thinks some towns in the West River valley of southeastern Vermont are being cheated out of thousands of dollars in tax revenue from flood control dams built to benefit out-of-state cities and towns.

Representative Rick Hube says the towns get little money from the Connecticut River Valley Flood Control Commission for the flood control dams at Ball Mountain and Townshend.

The dams were built to protect Connecticut and Massachusetts and some parts of Vermont.

Hube says the four-state commission agreed to a compact in the 1950s that froze property tax payments at 1982 levels.

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