A family in Middlebury has an address in that town, pay taxes in that town and their children go to Middlebury schools, but suddenly they’re being forced to learn in Waterbury.
The Murray family moved to their home so their children, Faith and Alijah, could go to good schools in Middlebury.
“We just really wanted to give them a better opportunity, so we were looking for good school districts,” said Heather Murray.
However, at the beginning of the year, Murray got a call from the town’s finance director.
“They've determined that my residence is not a Middlebury residence, in fact, we're Waterbury residents and my kids are no longer eligible for Middlebury schools,” Murray said.
The school district sent a letter, informing the Murrays that they weren’t eligible to attend schools in town. The address on the letter was in fact, Middlebury.
“I was absolutely blindsided,” Murray said.
The problem lies in the property lines. Most of the Murray’s home is technically in Waterbury, but their driveway is all Middlebury.
The Murrays pay taxes in both towns, though the majority of bill are sent Waterbury’s way.
They said when they bought the home, they were sold on the promise that they were technically living in Middlebury.
“As long as we were considered Middlebury, I didn't care where the property line was or how much tax was going where,” Murray said.
The family feels like Middlebury homeowners, and pulled out bills, registrations, and even driver’s licenses to prove it.
“This was a Middlebury property in the Middlebury district, regardless of the property line,” Murray said.
Murray said she just wants to know why, after seven years of stability, she and her family are being uprooted against their will, even though they said they still meet all of the criteria for registration in town.
“They refuse to acknowledge the impact this will have on my kids, my family, on the value of my house,” Murray said.
Eyewitness News called the school district to get a response, who said since it involves children, it couldn’t comment.
However, a public hearing will be held on Thursday regarding this issue.
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