Court Holds Municipal Taxpayers Have Standing to Challenge Town’s Grant to Local Church

In the late 1980s, the Town of Cabot received a two-million-dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to fund a loan to the Cabot Farmers’ Cooperative Creamery for the construction of a warehouse. The Cooperative repaid the loan and, pursuant to its agreement with … [Read more...]

SP&F Clients Obtain Successful Results in Two More Public Utility Commission Cases

In successive months this fall, SP&F obtained successful results for its clients in two significant cases pending before the Vermont Public Utility Commission (formerly, the Public Service Board). In the first case, captioned Petition of Vermont RSA Limited Partnership and Cellco Partnership, … [Read more...]

Public Utility Commission Denies Application to Construct Solar Facility in Mount Philo Viewshed

On July 21, 2017, the Vermont Public Utility Commission denied an application by Peck Electric, Inc. to construct a 144 kW net-metered solar project in Charlotte, Vermont, in the middle of the western viewshed of Mount Philo facing Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains. The one-acre solar … [Read more...]

SP&F Clients Benefit from Tax Exempt Financing

On Wednesday, August 2, the Vermont Municipal Bond Bank issued $29.9 million tax exempt “new money” bonds. The bond proceeds were used to purchase municipal bonds issued by Vermont communities, including a $625,000 bond for the Town of Charlotte to finance the acquisition of capital equipment, and … [Read more...]

Supreme Court Clarifies Exemption for Non-Profit Property

In 2008, the Vermont College of Fine Arts, a Vermont nonprofit, purchased the real estate and other assets of Union Institute and University located in Montpelier. The College planned to use only a portion of the campus for its own operations, and to lease its unused space. In 2012, the College … [Read more...]

Service Animals and the ADA

On July 13, 2015 the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a nine page technical assistance FAQ - Service Animals and the ADA to help assist covered entities like schools and municipalities in understanding how the service animal provisions of the regulations apply to them. The FAQ is a follow up to … [Read more...]