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New in the Toolbox

Thanks to Addison Barnhardt, a law student working at the Land Use Clinic at the Vermont Law School, Current Use is the newest tool in our Community Planning Toolbox. The Vermont legislature adopted Use Value Appraisal, or Current Use as it is more commonly known, in 1978 to help relieve the burden of high property taxes on those active in farming and forestry practices. By reducing the economic burden on farmers and forest owners, the state sustains the working landscape, supports the owners that work the land, and helps maintain the state’s traditional settlement pattern. Check out our Toolbox for more information.