Vermont Governor Phil Scott says the state remains committed to seeing Lake Champlain cleaned up, even though the total estimated price tag over the next 20 years could exceed $1 billion.
Speaking Tuesday at the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier, Scott said that "everything has to be on the table" in raising the estimated $25 million per year cost to the state that was outlined in a report issued over the weekend by state Treasurer Beth Pearce.
Under Pearce's proposal about half the money would come from a per-parcel assessment that would hit homeowners and businesses.
The other revenue would come from a variety of other funding sources.
Scott said his administration was "hopeful" raising the money could be done without new taxes or fees.
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