MONTPELIER, Vt. — There's been a tug of war for nearly a week between Vermont Republicans and Democrats over whether the Vermont House usually sets its version of a statewide school property tax before Town Meeting Day.
Republicans including Rep. Mary Morrissey of Bennington say that not getting a school tax bill through the House before next Tuesday's town meetings is an aberration. Democrats say it is not.
New research by the nonpartisan Vermont League of Cities and Towns shows the record is mixed during the past three years.
The league's Steve Jeffrey says that in 2011 and 2012, the House didn't pass a school tax bill until late March — weeks after Town Meeting. Last year, the bill passed the House Feb. 21, more than a week before Town Meeting.