Monday, June 17 2013 10:40 PM EDT2013-06-18 02:40:49 GMT
If you park in Burlington and don't follow the rules, you soon might pay more for it. That's because the city is looking at increasing its parking fines. After searching for a spot and then findingMore >>
If you park in Burlington and don't follow the rules, you soon might pay more for it.
Monday, June 17 2013 10:16 PM EDT2013-06-18 02:16:40 GMT
Right now, only the ducks can enjoy floating along a certain body of water in Berlin, Vermont. That's because Montpelier, which owns much of the land around it, won't let people access it, because itMore >>
In Vermont, people looking to access the Berlin Pond, may finally have a way to legally reach the water. Right now they can't because Montpelier doesn't want people in its drinking water. But Berlin leaders are hoping a piece of land it owns will develop into a launch site for people.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 9:01 PM EDT2013-06-18 01:01:53 GMT
With the summer months approaching, many will be hitting the waters. The North Country Chamber of Commerce wants to make sure everyone can get in on the fun. This Thursday, June 20, they'll be hostingMore >>
With the summer months approaching, many will be hitting the waters. The North Country Chamber of Commerce wants to make sure everyone can get in on the fun.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 8:57 PM EDT2013-06-18 00:57:56 GMT
Department of Environmental Conservation's Matthew Probasco says Eurasian Watermilfoil is much harder and more problematic to deal with. "It would destroy fish habitat, it was cause breeding ground forMore >>
Eurasion Watermilfoil is having huge negative impact on Lake St Catherine.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 6:28 PM EDT2013-06-17 22:28:02 GMT
A brutal attack on Father's Day. One person is dead, another in the hospital. Police say an ex-boyfriend with a restraining order stabbed the mother of his child multiple times. They say her currentMore >>
A brutal attack on Father's Day. One person is dead, another in the hospital. Police say an ex-boyfriend with a restraining order stabbed the mother of his child multiple times. They say her current boyfriend shot and killed the attacker.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 6:00 PM EDT2013-06-17 22:00:46 GMT
Vermont's largest city has about 700 new signs! They are in French and English and can be found on all parking meters in downtown Burlington. It's a move to make the city more welcoming. "I think it'sMore >>
Vermont's largest city has about 700 new signs! They are in French and English and can be found on all parking meters in downtown Burlington. It's a move to make the city more welcoming.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 4:37 PM EDT2013-06-17 20:37:09 GMT
If fresh berries are your summer time treat, you'll have to wait a little longer; and you can blame it on the rain. At Paul Mazza's in Essex and Colchester, Pick-Your-Own season is about a week late.More >>
If fresh berries are your summer time treat, you'll have to wait a little longer; and you can blame it on the rain.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 3:59 PM EDT2013-06-17 19:59:22 GMT
The third annual golf tournament to benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of Vermont is set for Monday June 24. Proceeds will benefit the good works of the foundation in the battle to fight the disease andMore >>
Epilepsy Foundation Golf Tournament set for Monday JUne 24 in South Burlington, Vermont.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 12:35 PM EDT2013-06-17 16:35:26 GMT
One of the men involved in the Danby, Vt. incident and who was shot has died. Police say the body of Aaron Allen, 28, of Hudson Falls, N.Y., is being transported to the Vermont Medical Examiner's officeMore >>
The man who was shot in the Danby, Vt. incident has died.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 10:31 AM EDT2013-06-17 14:31:22 GMT
Burlington Police are investigating a stabbing that happened early Sunday morning on Lower Church Street.Police say they found a 22-year-old man who had been stabbed in his upper body. The man was takenMore >>
Burlington Police are investigating a stabbing that happened early Sunday morning on Lower Church Street.More >>
MONTPELIER, Vt. -
Vermont's transportation system is suffering from a serious lack of money.
Crews are having a tougher time keeping the roads we use everyday in the best possible condition.
A lot of transportation funding comes from the federal government but in order to receive that money, states have to come up with a 20 percent match.
In 2012 Vermont needed a $10 million bond, a 6.3 percent hike in DMV fees and other quick revenue fixes in order to reach the amount needed for the federal match. A recent review by The Section 40 Committee on Transportation Funding estimates a $240 million gap in the budget and what's needed to keep the roads acceptable for Vermonters.
Listed in the report are a number of possibilities that could create revenue including a tax on the number of miles you drive.
"The vehicle miles traveled is the purest form of a user based system you know you get charged on the miles you use," VTrans Director of Policy and Planning Chris Cole said.
Cole says that regardless of what methods are settled on to raise revenue somehow the transportation budget has to grow in Vermont.
"Projects cost more, bridges cost more to build but your revenue isn't adjusting to inflation. That decreases your ability to get things done," Cole said.
The budget isn't adjusting because 30 percent of it is based on a state tax on gas which isn't earning as much anymore.
Part of the reason for this gap in the transportation budget is because Vermonters are driving less on their own thanks to park and rides and other public transportation options. Also because they're driving more fuel efficient vehicles and filling up less at the pump.
"As we are successful in public transportation and the success of the commuter routes, the LINK Express and all the folks who are riding these commuter systems it's reducing our gas tax. So we are definitely a victim of our own success," Cole said.
Cole says a mileage tax would eliminate the gas tax making it so tourists would no longer contribute to the transportation system budget. Combined with the time and technology needed to set it up he says it might not be worth it yet.
The means in which the Vermont Transportation System will raise revenue will become much clearer after Governor Peter Shumlin outlines his budget proposal January 24th. That's when the House and Senate Committee on Transportation and Secretary of Transportation Brian Searles will see what they have to work with.
VTrans Looking for New Ways to Fix Budget GapMore>>