DERBY (AP) -- Officials in at least two Vermont towns are telling residents to take their complaints about the increase of their property tax bills to the state.

Derby Town Clerk Faye Morin said town clerks across the state have had enough phone calls from concerned citizens asking questions about increases, especially in the statewide education property tax.

"You don’t know how many people call," she said.

She said discussion about putting a letter in the town report came up at a recent seminar for town clerks and other officials. When she heard that other towns are doing it, she wanted to do it as well.

Derby tax bills are due to go out this month.

"The increase you are seeing this year is not your local spending," said the letter that will be going out in Derby. "The increase is a reflection of state education funding. Please contact your local state representatives about the way the state taxes for towns’ education."

The letter also provides the names of Derby’s two state representatives and senators.

In Norton, a letter included with the tax bills told people to take their questions to the state Department of Taxes, the Caledonian Record reported.


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