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An Important Water Works Decision

Issue 9 and Volume 70.

An Important Water Works Decision An important decision of particular interest to water works men is that recently handed down by the Supreme Court of the State of Vermont, which reverses that of a lower court and finds for the defendant, the water department of Barre, Vt. The importance of the decision lies in the fact that it denies the right of a city or town to tax anything but the land of a water works of another municipality, when situated within the limits of the former. A second point settled by the decision is that even though part of the water of the defendant water works is sold “for mechanical purposes,” this by no means deprives the system of its character as property used for public purposes, and therefore does not affect its exemption from taxation. It seems that part of the water system of Barre is situated in…

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