Ranking the world’s top water views is an apples-and-oranges challenge of unfathomable proportions. Yet surely the Vineyard, with 125 miles of tidal shoreline and a host of great and less great inland ponds, has its contenders: the epic vistas from Chilmark hilltops, the broad sweep of ocean from the upper decks of upside-down homes in Katama, the still coves and busy town harborfronts. The list goes on and on. Without question, the Island has picturesque farms and meadows, forests and townscapes, but are they the cover models of Vineyard resort propaganda? Not so much.

Shelley Christiansen

We’ve all heard the complaints – some Island towns are saddled with higher property taxes, while others are among the lowest in the state. The residential tax rate in Chilmark is a mere $2.48 per thousand dollars of property value, for instance, while over in Tisbury it’s more than three times as much at $8.39. Pop into any Vineyard cocktail party and you’ll hear plenty of theories. Chilmark offers fewer municipal services than other towns, some will say. Others claim it pays less than its fair share for education.

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Joyce Wagner

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Karla Araujo

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Joyce Wagner

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Remy Tumin

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Remy Tumin

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