Vermont panel recommends taxes be public

from vt.Buzz:

The Public Records Legislative Study Committee — meeting last week for the last time before the Legislature reconvenes in January — seems to have settled a few issues, sort of.

The committee, which is charged with examining state laws to see if all things that are exempt from public records really should be, decided to recommend that state property tax records be declared public, said Rep. Donna Sweaney, D-Windsor, co-chairwoman of the panel. However, the group also decided to recommend that the state return to directly making income-sensitivity payments to taxpayers (call them prebates, rebates, whatever) so that any income-related information won’t be on a person’s property tax records.