Louis Meyers, M.D.

Louis Meyers for State Senate

Policy Statements on Saving Vermonters Money

In nearly all Vermont towns the penalty for missing a property tax payment due date is 8% of the total tax assessment. This is based on a state law passed way back in 1797, which allowed - but did not require - the penalty to be set at 8%. With the computerization of records, it is much easier for our town clerks to determine whose payment is overdue and to find and communicate with the tax payer. The result is that what was once a commission for work done is now a source of revenue for the town's general fund.

Many people now consider this penalty to be both punitive and unnecessary. Two towns in Chittenden County - Williston and Hinesburg - have voted to lower or abolish the penalty. Williston has lowered it to 1% and Hinesburg has done away with it altogether. Each still retains an interest fee of 1% per month for overdue payments. In both towns, the number of tax delinquents has DECREASED since the penalties were reduced.

That speaks well of Vermonters' sense of fairness and community responsibility. Town clerks in those communities are no longer viewed in an adversarial way, but can actually focus on helping people who are struggling to make their payments.

If elected state senator for Chittenden County, I will work with other legislators to bring about these long-needed changes.

I continue to focus on ways to save Vermonters money and bring people in our communities together.

One idea is a project taking place in Seattle, where pre-kindergarten care for young children is provided on site in area nursing homes. This lowers the cost of the Pre-K because the facility is already established and most of the fixed costs, such as heating, cooling, and building maintenance are being covered by the nursing home. In addition to their paid teachers, the children receive the benefit of attention and care from older people who have raised their own children and grandchildren. The nursing home residents - those who are interested and deemed capable of participating - find joy and purpose in watching the children develop and grow. It is a win-win situation, and one which I would be proud to sponsor..

I am committed to finding common sense ways of saving Vermonters money.

One such area we should explore is the passenger car safety and emissions inspection requirements. These are required yearly of Vermont car owners and it is an expensive and time-consuming process. My review of similar requirements in states across the nation indicates that 16 states require no inspections at all after the initial inspection. Twelve states require inspections only every two years. And the majority of states which do require inspections waive the requirement for cars less than eight years old.

I believe that if we waived the inspection requirement for newer cars and then required testing every two years we can both ensure adequate safety and reduce needless expenses for Vermonters.

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