University Of Vermont Greek Row Will Be Gone If City Carries Out Plan To Cut Property Tax Exemptions

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The property tax exemptions on the historic Greek row at the University of Vermont are set to expire January 1, 2017. If that happens, the fraternities and sororities will be unable to afford their houses. Ten Greek organizations would be forced to close their doors for good.

From Seven Days:

Unless the legislature grants them a reprieve, the houses will owe a combined $350,567 annually in taxes. About a third would go to the City of Burlington, and the rest to the state education fund.

The 700 brothers and sisters at UVM say that would force them to sell the historic properties, which house about 200 of them and are where they all go for meetings and social events. They are rallying, petitioning and lobbying the legislature to pass a proposed bill that would maintain the tax break in an effort to “save Greek life.”

The City of Burlington provides tax exemptions for 38 percent of its organizational buildings, as long as the organization provides a “public good.” Let’s see here. According to this video, if you multiply the combined service hours of UVM Greeks by Vermont’s minimum wage, then they’ve saved the city over $215,000. If that doesn’t count as “public good,” then fuck me sideways and send me straight to hell because I haven’t done a single decent thing in my life.

Greeks say they are being unfairly targeted because the city only hears about them if they do something wrong.

Fiji president Ian Campbell maintained that the Animal House image is unfair and dated. At his fraternity, anti-hazing and anti-substance-abuse education is part of the programming, he said. “One of the hardest feats we have right now is overcoming those stereotypes,” said Campbell, a 21-year-old senior from Media, Pa.

The over $350,000 they would rake in annually from the Greek properties would come at a convenient time for the city. They are currently undergoing pricey infrastructure renovations, building parks and bike paths and shit.

The City of Burlington has had a long and dubious history of being total dicks about property taxes. They had a mayor back in 1987 who slammed the MOTHERFUCKING HOSPITAL with a $2.9 million property tax, saying that they did not meet the “public good” criteria because they paid doctors too much. The hospital sued them and won, but the mayor kept at it, and now the hospital has to pay $446,000 per year in property taxes. Anyone care to guess the name of that mayor?

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[via Seven Days]

Image via YouTube

    1. StockWithFrock

      In all seriousness, what was his name? I have no idea who that Doc Brown lookalike is.

      8 years ago at 5:22 pm
      1. Bobby Axelrod

        Promise us you will always use proven contraception methods in the event you have sex with a woman.

        8 years ago at 5:49 pm
      2. StockWithFrock

        Promise me you’ll avoid using teeth when you deepthroat your next cock. Go fuck yourself.

        8 years ago at 6:29 pm
      3. mosthonorableactive

        Man, he looked so fucking bad when he had no one to dress him every morning. I wonder how many hours his staffers have had to waste making sure he showers and combs his hair

        8 years ago at 6:25 pm
  1. Bobby Axelrod

    Wait…So Bernie Sanders has a 30 year history of unfair taxation?

    Who could’ve guessed?

    8 years ago at 5:44 pm
  2. Keep It Buttery

    This post reminds me of a quote by Rosa Parks. “On my ProActiv shit, pop that pussy like a zit.”

    8 years ago at 5:54 pm
  3. Henry_Eighth

    The Animal House image is dated? Has he seen Fail Friday? No? Well I haven’t either come to think of it…

    8 years ago at 6:07 pm
  4. Paulie Walnuts

    Raising property taxes on fraternities and hospitals because they’re full of the elite white, all while ignoring all the good they do for society and making generalizations #TotalSocialistMove

    8 years ago at 6:56 pm
  5. Christian Littner

    To be fair, most of us pay property taxes on our houses. It would only be about a ~$500 increase in dues.

    On the flip side, fuck Bernie Sanders.

    8 years ago at 7:00 pm
    1. Eric_Cartman88

      It’s good to see you can form a semi-coherent phrase when you limit your words.

      8 years ago at 7:36 pm
  6. Dan Regester-edsexoffender

    I assume no other off campus housing has this exemption and they can manage to get people to sign leases that sufficiently cover the taxes. Why can’t the respective chapters do the same?

    8 years ago at 7:53 pm