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Newscast: Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, 7:34 a.m.

A number of towns this year are facing a difficult situation with their local school budgets. The budgets are rising by relatively small amounts. But property taxes are increasing by double digits because of a number of other provisions in Act 68 – Vermont’s school financing law. The factors forcing a potentially large tax increase in the city of Montpelier, are also playing out in dozens of communities in the state. Governor Peter Shumlin says a new rapid intervention initiative program for drug users in Rutland County is both compassionate and an efficient use of taxpayer dollars.