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In the past year or so house values have declined significantly not 
increased due to the horrendous economy of this country right now.

Roberta Dana
Town Treasurer & Tax Collector
Groton, VT
802-584-3131
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Dave Sharpe" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, October 26, 2007 7:47 AM
Subject: Re: H.R. 3056, the Tax Collection Responsibility Act of 2007, by a 
vote of 232-173.


So, in the end, property value does represent a household's ability
to pay and all this grousing about skyrocketing home values is just
whining?




> Keep in mind that this system also helps people to live in homes
> that are
> way beyond their means so we are all chipping in to pay their higher
> taxes.
> The higher your taxes and the lower your income the higher your
> education
> tax payment.  Then you add all the property in the current use
> program to
> this and we help pay more property owners taxes (and this includes
> corporations and many out of state landowners).  If you can't afford
> to pay
> the taxes on all that land why should I?  Sell it!
>
>
> Roberta Dana
> Town Treasurer & Tax Collector
> Groton, VT
> 802-584-3131
> [log in to unmask]
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Dave Sharpe" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Wednesday, October 24, 2007 2:54 PM
> Subject: Re: H.R. 3056, the Tax Collection Responsibility Act of
> 2007, by a
> vote of 232-173.
>
>
> Michael,
>
> Let me get this straight. Despite the fact that some taxpayers are
> better able to pay their taxes on time you would prefer to return to
> a system that bills taxpayers more than their fair share and go
> through some paperwork process to refund the money?
>
> Regards,
> Dave Sharpe
>
>
>
>
>> Roberta,
>>
>>
>>
>> As a former Town Clerk, you are 100% correct!  There will always
>> be
>> taxpayers that are consistently delinquent each year.  There will
>> always be
>> another priority for these folks other than their taxes causing
>> them
>> to be
>> delinquent once again.  Absolutely nothing you or I can do about
>> that..
>>
>> I agree, we all need to be responsible for our own actions and not
>> blame the
>> dog, cat, government, town or our neighbors, take back that
>> responsibility
>> and own up to it!  If you are late, you pay a penalty, clear
>> enough?
>>  Thank
>> you for expressing your thoughts, I agree!
>>
>>
>>
>> Michael Cunningham
>>
>> Municipal Project Manager
>>
>> Town of Waitsfield
>>
>> 9 Bridge Street
>>
>> Waitsfield, VT 05673
>>
>> email:  <mailto:[log in to unmask]> [log in to unmask]
>>
>> 802-496-2218
>>
>>   _____
>>
>> From: Vermont Municipal Government Discussion Network
>> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Roberta Dana
>> Sent: Wednesday, October 24, 2007 11:37 AM
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Subject: Re: H.R. 3056, the Tax Collection Responsibility Act of
>> 2007, by a
>> vote of 232-173.
>>
>>
>>
>> I did notice that a couple of the taxpayers that have consistently
>> been
>> delinquent each year were not this year but overall, mostly same
>> people with
>> other priorities for their money are delinquent again.
>>
>> I think this country has taken the responsibility for ones own
>> action away
>> enough.  Let's go back to the times when there was a consequence
>> for
>> our
>> actions and everything we did wrong was NOT someone else's fault.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Roberta Dana
>> Town Treasurer & Tax Collector
>> Groton, VT
>> 802-584-3131
>> [log in to unmask]
>>
>> ----- Original Message -----
>>
>> From: Larry <mailto:[log in to unmask]>  J. Melen
>>
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>>
>> Sent: Wednesday, October 24, 2007 10:46 AM
>>
>> Subject: Re: H.R. 3056, the Tax Collection Responsibility Act of
>> 2007, by a
>> vote of 232-173.
>>
>>
>>
>> For all the grief that the prebate process has incited, I still
>> have
>> to
>> acknowledge that the Town has received payment on taxes where the
>> owners
>> have otherwise gone delinquent for the full amount every year, and
>> have
>> caused the even greater grief of going thru delinquent tax sale
>> collections.....
>>
>>
>>
>> At 05:51 PM 10/23/2007, you wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>> While I am glad that Congressman Welch voted to support local
>> government on
>> this issue, Act 185, Education Finance Simplification -which sent
>> the
>> P/rebates to the towns--passed with a huge margin while he was the
>> Senate
>> Pro Tempore.
>>
>> Wendy L. Wilton
>> Rutland City Treasurer
>> 802-773-1800
>> 802-773-1809  fax
>> [log in to unmask]
>>
>>
>>
>>   _____
>>
>>
>> From: Vermont Municipal Government Discussion Network [
>> mailto:[log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]> ] On
>> Behalf Of
>> Roberta Dana
>> Sent: Tuesday, October 23, 2007 2:00 PM
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Subject: Fw: H.R. 3056, the Tax Collection Responsibility Act of
>> 2007, by a
>> vote of 232-173.
>>
>> For all you treasurers that did not received this:  Here is the
>> email that
>> was sent to Town Clerks re: HR 3056.  And after taking a deep
>> breath
>> and
>> counting to 10 LOL I have reread it and notice that this is a
>> FEDERAL tax
>> not a state tax.  So I guess we will work as additional Federal
>> tax
>> collectors as well as State Tax Collectors.
>>
>> Roberta Dana
>> Town Treasurer & Tax Collector
>> Groton, VT
>> 802-584-3131
>>
>>
>>   _____
>>
>>
>> From: Congressman Peter Welch [ <mailto:[log in to unmask]>
>> mailto:[log in to unmask]]
>> Sent: Monday, October 22, 2007 2:28 PM
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Subject: H.R. 3056, the Tax Collection Responsibility Act of 2007,
>> by a vote
>> of 232-173.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> October 22, 2007
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Dear Ms. Nunn,
>>
>> I am writing to let you know that on October 10th the House of
>> Representatives passed H.R. 3056, the Tax Collection
>> Responsibility
>> Act of
>> 2007, by a vote of 232-173.
>>
>> This legislation postpones until December 31, 2011 the application
>> of a 3
>> percent withholding requirement on the payments of goods and
>> services made
>> by federal, state and local governments to vendors, contractors,
>> and
>> other
>> service providers. (The 3 percent withholding requirement was
>> scheduled to
>> take effect in 2010.)
>>
>> The bill also requires the Secretary of the Treasury to undertake
>> a
>> study
>> and report findings back to Congress on issues associated with
>> this
>> withholding requirement. The study will include the burdens
>> imposed
>> on small
>> businesses as well as the administrative burdens associated with
>> the
>> application of the tax withholding to small expenditures for goods
>> and
>> services by federal, state, and local governments.
>>
>> I strongly supported passage of this bill because of the
>> administrative
>> burden a withholding requirement would place on local governments,
>> especially in making simple small purchases, such as a ream of
>> paper
>> or a
>> hammer.  While H.R. 3056 would require a one-year delay in
>> withholding, I
>> have also cosponsored H.R. 1023, which would repeal of the
>> requirement
>> altogether.
>>
>> I intend to work closely with Senators Leahy and Sanders to ensure
>> that this
>> bill is passed by the Senate and signed by the President. And be
>> assured
>> that I will continue to be an advocate in Congress for sensible
>> partnerships
>> between the federal, state and local governments.
>>
>> Please contact me or my staff (Mary Sprayregen in our Vermont
>> office
>> at
>> 802-652-2450 or Carol Hetfield in our Washington office at
>> 202-225-4115) if
>> you would like further information on this or other issues
>> affecting
>> Vermont's cities, towns and villages. Also, please feel free to
>> share this
>> news with interested colleagues.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Sincerely,
>>
>> PETER WELCH
>>
>> Member of Congress
>>
>>
>>
>>   _____
>>
>>
>>
>> To respond to this letter, please visit my website:
>> www.welch.house.gov
>> <http://www.welch.house.gov/> . Replies to this email address will
>> not be
>> received.
>>
>>
>> Larry J. Melen, Weathersfield Town Manager
>> Telephone: [802] 674-2626
>> Fascimile: [802] 674-2117
>> Website: http://www.weathersfield.org
>> <http://www.weathersfield.org/>
>>
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