Residency requirement

To the Editor:

Kudos to Superintendent Ranny Bledsoe and the St. Johnsbury School Board of Directors.

Being a longtime enrollee of the Vermont Property Owners Report, I recently noted recent case law, Adam Roberts v. University of Vermont 2013 VT-30.

The court acknowledged that "the burden on a student who comes to Vermont to attend school and then, during the course of schooling, becomes a Vermont domiciliary and seeks in-state tuition status is a heavy one, but said it was consistent with the Legislature's desire to provide greater educational opportunities for the youth of Vermont."

However, the purchase of a $330,000 house with Adam Roberts name as co-borrower and purchaser (did not cut it). The court also decided his annual income of $13,000 to $15,000 was insufficient to fund the home purchase, his trust fund and education cost.

Analysis: Establishing a domicile in Vermont while a student at UVM is not by itself sufficient to qualify for in-state tuition.

The result could be different for someone who could prove resident inhabitancy, for a year or more. It is safe to say that St. Johnsbury has been had for St. J. Academy tuition many, many times before -- WOW! Not fair to St. Johnsbury taxpayers -- past or present!

Nancy Cohen

St. Johnsbury, Vt.


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