February 11th, 2013
No one likes the tax that bites them.
So it is that when Gov. Peter Shumlin proposed in his budget address putting a 10 percent tax on break-open tickets, those few who knew what he was talking about immediately got their dander up and have been railing about it for the past two weeks.
At least now most Vermonters know what the tax would target and why — but we’re all just learning the full consequence.
The weekend’s predicted snowstorm is already wreaking havoc with both high school and college sports schedules. As of mid-afternoon on Thursday, many changes had already been made, and more were likely. (More were made late afternoon and are reflected in online scoreboard.)
BRANDON — Brandon may be the site of the next medical marijuana dispensary in the state of Vermont.
Alexandra Ford of Rutland County Organics has been in negotiation with Chuck Mitchell Properties regarding the lease of a 6,700-square-foot building at 84 Lover’s Lane in Brandon. Built in 2008, the structure housed a wood furniture manufacturing facility operated by Mitchell until late last year.
FERRISBURGH — Gov. Peter Shumlin has appointed Ferrisburgh Republican Warren Van Wyck to serve out the two-year term of the late Rep. Greg Clark, R-Vergennes, in the Addison-3 House district.
MIDDLEBURY — Gov. Peter Shumlin’s latest transportation budget envisions a cost of $9,013,833 for replacement of the deteriorating bridges that carry Main Street and Merchants Row over the railroad tracks in downtown Middlebury. Construction is anticipated sometime within fiscal year 2015, which begins July 1, 2014.
VERGENNES — As the city of Vergennes considers building a new police station, Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel has shared additional details about a proposed new police station in Hinesburg, which has been used as a point of comparison to Vergennes’ plans.
PANTON — A longtime Waltham school director will reportedly step down, and Panton will have at least one new selectboard member in March, but little change in the ranks of Addison town officials looms on Town Meeting Day.
In Waltham, Kristin Bristow will not seek to be re-nominated from the town meeting floor to the Vergennes Union High School board, according to Addison Northwest Supervisory Union Superintendent Tom O’Brien.