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Oct. 15 Deadline for Multiple Tax Types and Programs

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The Vermont Department of Taxes would like to remind Vermonters that the last date to file a Property Tax Adjustment or Renter Rebate Claim is Oct. 15, 2018. Personal Income Tax Returns filed on extension, as well as several corporate tax types are also due. The Vermont Property Tax Adjustment and Renter Rebate programs assist in making housing more affordable for thousands of Vermonters. These programs provide over $180 million in assistance to Vermonters annually.

Emerald Ash Borer Detected in Grand Isle County

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The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has confirmed that insects collected from ash trees in South Hero, VT are larvae of the emerald ash borer (EAB). This location is about fifty miles from the closest confirmed EAB infestation in Vermont. This invasive insect was first discovered in Vermont in February, and has also been confirmed in Orange, Washington, Caledonia, and Bennington counties.

Celebrating its 6th Year, Municipal Day Expands Workshop Offerings to 4 Locations Across Vermont

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What does it look like when governments cooperate? That question is the premise for the 6th annual Municipal Day. The popular training, sponsored by the Agency of Natural Resources, is designed to empower and inform Vermont's local government officials and volunteers. Participants, who range from planning and zoning commissioners to town managers and selectboard members, walk away with practical skills and information that they'll be able to immediately apply to their day-to-day work in local government.

Agency of Natural Resources Seeks Proposals for Electric School and Transit Bus Pilot Program

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The Agency of Natural Resources has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Vermont’s new electric school and transit bus pilot program. The RFP is the next step in launching the pilot program. Results from the program will allow the state to determine whether this technology can be applied more broadly across Vermont.

Public Invited to Participate in White River Tactical Basin Plan Informational Meetings

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The 2018 DRAFT White River Tactical Basin Plan (TBP) is now available for public comment. The Plan provides an overall assessment of the health of the White River basin and defines ongoing and future actions and strategies to address high-priority stressors such as encroachment, stream channel erosion, land erosion, and pathogens. The Plan presents the recommendations of State and Federal resource agencies, watershed partner organizations, planning commissions, municipalities, and individual citizens.

Despite a Rainy Week, State Still Grappling with Drought

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According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, approximately 73 percent of Vermont is experiencing dry or drought conditions. Eight percent of the state, primarily in north central Vermont, is in severe drought while moderate drought conditions extend further west and south covering nearly 41 percent of the state. The State has a Drought Task Force that helps coordinate information and responds to emerging drought issues. Officials are asking Vermonters to be mindful of water use and take steps to conserve water.

Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Awards Announced

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The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) announces grants totaling $332,632.61 for twelve projects to benefit Vermont producers of fruits, vegetables, nursery stock, maple, wine grapes, and value-added products and to increase consumer access to locally produced food. These grants, funded through the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service's Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP), were awarded to nine agricultural organizations to undertake a range of research, technology development, education, marketing, and program-building projects. The grants will leverage over $183,000 in additional matching funds.

Public Invited to Participate in Lake Champlain Clean Water Implementation Meetings

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Whether it's a favorite swimming hole, an iconic stream running through town, or a fishing spot along the shores of Lake Champlain, thousands of people use the Winooski River Watershed's lakes, ponds, wetlands, and streams. Every one of the watershed's residents can also play a meaningful role protecting or cleaning up Winooski's waterways.

Working Lands Business Grants Request for Applications

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The Working Lands Enterprise Board announces the 2019 Business Grants request for application release date. The Working Lands Enterprise Initiative supports innovative entrepreneurs at the forefront of Vermont's Working Lands economy through technical and financial assistance to help growing businesses thrive. The program is made possible through the support of the state legislature, multiple state organizations and public/private donors. Interested Vermont entrepreneurs should visit the Working Lands Enterprise website to begin the application process.

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