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 $5 million in City Center TIF District capital improvement bonds for the City of South Burlington.

The Firm served as local bond counsel to both of these communities, providing advice and legal counsel on the warning and approval of the debt, as well as the content and structure of the related documents.

Feel free to call Bob Fletcher if your community or exempt organization is considering tax-exempt financing for eligible projects

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 … [Continue reading]

U.S. Department of Education provides clarification on the rights of students with disabilities and the responsibilities of educational institutions

On December 28, 2016 the U.S. Department of Education released three new sets of guidance to assist the public in understanding how the Department interprets and enforces federal civil rights laws protecting the rights of students with disabilities. … [Continue reading]

U.S. DOJ Issues Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students

On May 13, 2016 the United States Department of Justice and United States Department of Education- Office of Civil Rights issues a Dear Colleague Letter ('DCL') to school officials nationwide on the topic of transgender students and compliance with … [Continue reading]

Child Abuse Reporting Under Act 60.

The Department for Children and Families now has a mandatory reporters webpage, describing reporting requirements and procedures as of July 1, 2015, when the new abuse reporting law (Act 60) became effective. The webpage answers frequently asked … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

John Klesch presents “Employee Leave” at VLCT

Stitzel Page & Fletcher attorney John Klesch presented "Employee Leave" at the Vermont League of Cities and Towns' June 3, 2015 "Municipal Human Resources & Employment Law Workshop."  The Montpelier event drew over 100 attendees from … [Continue reading]

U.S. Supreme Rules Against Municipality in Cell Tower Dispute

The Supreme Court recently ruled against a Georgia municipality for failing to provide a timely written decision explaining its reasoning in denying a cell phone tower siting application by T-Mobile, South, LLC (“T-Mobile”). The City of Roswell’s … [Continue reading]

SP&F Assists Vermont State Colleges in CCV-Winooski Campus Acquisition

On March 26, 2015, Stitzel, Page & Fletcher attorneys Robert E. Fletcher and David W. Rugh, working on behalf of Vermont State Colleges, assisted in closing the Colleges’ roughly $2.5 million purchase of its Community College of Vermont – Winooski … [Continue reading]

Special Education and Section 504 Issues: A Review and Update for Vermont School Administrators

Patti Page and Dina Atwood will be presenting the last in the 2014-2015 school year Vermont Principals' Association Ed Law Series on March 24, 2015. The focus of this workshop is to provide administrators with an overview of the laws, and identify … [Continue reading]