Statehouse Update: Legislature Will Not Return to Override Veto
The state legislature will not return to override Governor Douglas’ veto of H. 485, An Act Relating to the Use Value Appraisal Program. Rather than bring the legislature back at taxpayer expense, state leaders pledge to make this issue a top priority of the next session.
“The current use bill addressed the very real concerns of Vermonters that the current system is being used by some to subsidize development,” said Speaker Smith. “We are disappointed the Governor was unwilling to respond to these concerns. It will be a top priority of the next legislature to restore the current use program to its intended purpose of promoting the working Vermont landscape we all know and love.”
In addition to not addressing problems in the program, this veto creates a $1.6 million state budget shortfall, which will also have to be addressed next year.