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Vermont House approves school tax increases

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The Vermont House has voted to increase school property taxes after rejecting an amendment to scrap the state's current school funding system.

The bill before the House on Thursday would raise the rate on a house and up to 2 acres from 94 cents to 98 cents for every $100 of the property's value. The tax rate on non-residential property would go from $1.44 to about $1.52 per $100 of value.

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The House voted down an amendment offered by Republican Rep. Heidi Scheuermann of Stowe that would repeal laws that created the current school funding system and require lawmakers to come up with substitute legislation by 2016.

Critics of the amendment said it would be irresponsible to scrap the current system without first crafting a new one.

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