• Dodge gets land back from gov.
    August 14,2013

    Dodge gets land

    back from gov.

    The Associated Press

    EAST MONTPELIER — A deal has been signed that will return property Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin bought at a steep discount to neighbor Jerry Dodge.

    Shumlin bought Dodge’s longtime family home and 16 acres for $58,000 last fall when Dodge was facing a tax sale. The property had been valued at more than $233,000, a figure lowered to $140,000 when Shumlin asked for it to be reassessed.

    Under the terms of the initial agreement, Dodge would have been allowed to live on the property temporarily and Shumlin would pay Dodge’s back taxes and child support payments.

    Shumlin later agreed to renegotiate the deal after he was portrayed by some as taking advantage of Dodge.

    The new agreement signed Monday will allow Dodge to pay Shumlin back about $30,000 over five years for repairs, taxes and child support payments, WCAX-TV reported.

    The Dodge family said they were pleased with the deal.

    “We could not be happier to be back in the family home and look forward to spending many years there,” they said through their attorney.

    Shumlin told the TV station that he was also glad the matter was resolved.

    “His kids have gotten involved ... to help him keep the house in the future. So it’s a very good outcome for what was a very difficult situation for Jerry Dodge,” he said.

    Shumlin also said last month that the episode has been a lesson to him.

    “As governor, I’m governor every single day, that’s the lesson for me,” he said. “And obviously I regret getting involved in what was a very difficult situation because of the fact that I’m always the governor and I’m held to a different standard than average citizens.”

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