Shumlin reaches deal in land dispute with DodgeJuly 18,2013
By LISA RATHKE
The Associated Press
EAST MONTPELIER — Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has reached a deal in a land dispute with his neighbor, whose property he had bought for a quarter of its appraised value.
A lawyer for Shumlin says the deal will allow Jerry Dodge to keep his property and pay back the governor over five years.
Attorney Jerome Diamond said Thursday he expects Dodge will pay about $30,000. He said the amount of money reflects what the governor spent on the transaction that directly benefited Dodge, including taxes, repairs and child support payments.
Shumlin bought Dodge’s property — which was later valued by the town at $140,000 — for $58,000 last fall, as Dodge was facing a tax sale. Dodge and others have complained that Shumlin acted unfairly, and Shumlin agreed to renegotiate the deal.
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