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Educational Group Sues Dummerston Over Property Taxes

A long-running dispute over the tax status of a Vermont educational organization has led to a lawsuit.

The Southeast Vermont Learning Cooperative has filed a complaint against the town of Dummerston, saying the organization should be exempt from paying property taxes. The town has denied the request. It asked for part of building's list value, instead, but the state did not agree to that.

The collaborative offers professional development courses to teachers in 12 supervisory unions. It bought the building on Route 5 in 2011.

The building was formerly a state-owned regional library. The Brattleboro Reformer reports the collaborative says in its lawsuit that it has used the property solely for pursuing its charitable purposes of providing educational services.

Town officials did not immediately respond to the lawsuit.