Vernon hires lobbyist for Vermont Yankee issues

03/19/09 8:04AM

The Town of Vernon is hiring a lobbyist to keep tabs on Statehouse action on the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.

The town where the plant is located gets more than half its municipal budget from plant tax revenues. Vernon voted in favor of the plant's re-licensing at Town Meeting.

The select board voted to hire a lobbyist to help state Representative Patricia O'Donnell track the hearings and events in Montpelier that relate to Vermont Yankee's operation. O'Donnell, a Republican, says she doesn't have time to look all the committee agendas.

Vernon has also agreed to spend $10,000 on an appraisal aimed at determining the effect on Vernon's tax base if the plant closes.

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