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I have talked to Jim Barlow and he has spoken to Trever and Steve and we
think the best thing is to get the Legislature to act in January to fix
the problem. Hope this will get us to were we all need to be. 
John P. Cushing
Town Clerk & Treasurer
Town of Milton
PO Box 18
Milton, VT 05468
(802) 893-4111
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Visit our website: www.milton.govoffice2.com
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From: Vermont Municipal Government Discussion Network
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Lyndon Town Clerk
Sent: Friday, September 12, 2008 9:29 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Dog Lic.


John,
The law doesn't say that the increase is "for April 1, 2009", it says
the law change will "take effect April 1, 2009."  It seems clear that on
April 1, 2009, we start charging the increased fee.
 
Lisa Barrett
Town of Lyndon

	----- Original Message ----- 
	From: John Cushing <mailto:[log in to unmask]>  
	To: [log in to unmask] 
	Sent: Friday, September 12, 2008 8:37 AM
	Subject: Re: Dog Lic.

	Good Morning, Richard  
	 
	As Town Clerks, you will find that we are many times are having
to make decisions based on our Town Attorney's advice -- that is who
will defend our actions. This is not a unique issue. Many of the
decisions that we make in our office today are most likely based on our
opinion. If you were to travel the State of Vermont and visit each
Clerk's Office, you would immediately learn that very few of us carry
out our duties without some influence of our own personal opinion. I
understand the confusion on this issue, however, we must find a solution
and hopefully the majority of us will follow the decision in the same
manner so as not to make it more confusing than it already is. It may
mean having to have the legislature clarify it in January. 
	 
	I think we are making this even more confusing than the law is.
The law says there is going to be an increase in Dog Licenses for April
1, 2009 - if an office begins issuing dog licenses for 2009 in January,
they are in fact issuing a license for April 1, 2009 -- the fee would be
with the increase. 
	 
	
	John P. Cushing
	Town Clerk & Treasurer
	Town of Milton
	PO Box 18
	Milton, VT 05468
	(802) 893-4111
	Email: [log in to unmask]
<mailto:[log in to unmask]> 
	Visit our website: www.milton.govoffice2.com
<http://www.milton.govoffice2.com/> 
	 
	
	 
	 
	 
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	From: Vermont Municipal Government Discussion Network
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Braintree Town Clerk
	Sent: Thursday, September 11, 2008 3:18 PM
	To: [log in to unmask]
	Subject: Re: Dog Lic.
	
	

	And what if their advice is different from Jim's?  Whatever
attorney we go to is just going to give us their opinion, and opinions
can be wrong, changed or overturned.  It would be nice to have something
clearly defined.  That way the guess work would be eliminated.  

	 

	Richard C. Liebert

	Town Clerk

	Braintree, VT  05060

	 

	-----Original Message-----
	From: Vermont Municipal Government Discussion Network
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of John Cushing
	Sent: Thursday, September 11, 2008 2:55 PM
	To: [log in to unmask]
	Subject: Re: Dog Lic.

	 

	You could get in touch with your Town Attorney and collect the
fee based their advice. 

	 

	John P. Cushing

	Town Clerk & Treasurer

	Town of Milton

	PO Box 18

	Milton, VT 05468

	(802) 893-4111

	Email: [log in to unmask]
<mailto:[log in to unmask]> 

	Visit our website: www.milton.govoffice2.com
<http://www.milton.govoffice2.com/> 

	 

	 

	
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	From: Vermont Municipal Government Discussion Network
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Braintree Town Clerk
	Sent: Thursday, September 11, 2008 10:54 AM
	To: [log in to unmask]
	Subject: Dog Lic.

	And, what if Jim Barlow is wrong?????

	 

	Richard C. Liebert

	Town Clerk

	Braintree, VT  05060