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spending http://addisonindependent.com/taxonomy/term/945/all en State budget deficit: How deep should cuts be? http://addisonindependent.com/201503state-budget-deficit-how-deep-should-cuts-be <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> John Flowers </div> </div> </div> <p> BRISTOL &mdash; Citizens who attended the weekly Legislative Breakfast on Monday heard from lawmakers about their struggle with the fiscal year 2016 general fund budget, which is facing a projected $112 million revenue shortfall.</p> <p> Among the proposed cuts under consideration to shore up the budget are two of the Vermont Department of Public Safety&rsquo;s four Public Service Answering Points (PSAPs) &mdash; better known as E-911 dispatching centers &mdash; in Derby and Rutland.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29233">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503state-budget-deficit-how-deep-should-cuts-be" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County budget deficit legislature spending Thu, 19 Mar 2015 14:00:52 +0000 Zach Despart 29233 at http://addisonindependent.com Substantial state spending cuts loom http://addisonindependent.com/201503substantial-state-spending-cuts-loom <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-28975" style="width: 143px;"><a href="/201503substantial-state-spending-cuts-loom"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/TMferrisb0010 Diane Lanpher.thumbnail.jpg" alt="TMferrisb0010 Diane Lanpher.jpg" title="TMferrisb0010 Diane Lanpher.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="143" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> STATE REP. DIANE Lanpher speaks to Ferrisburgh residents before the start of Town Meeting Saturday morning. Lanpher is a member of the House Appropriations Committee, which is confronting some tough choices in drafting a fiscal year 2015 budget. Independent photo/Trent Campbell </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> John Flowers </div> </div> </div> <p> WHITING &mdash; Town officials hoping for some sort of financial life preserver this year from the state for ailing municipal and/or school programs had better learn how to tread water.</p> <p> That&rsquo;s because local lawmakers on Monday served notice they are trying to erase a $112 million shortfall in the fiscal year 2016 state budget. And unlike past years, there is no federal stimulus money, nor better-than-anticipated tax revenues to close the gap.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28965">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503substantial-state-spending-cuts-loom" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County budget deficit Featured legislature Montpelier spending Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:15:09 +0000 Zach Despart 28965 at http://addisonindependent.com Opinion: Local control key in education spending http://addisonindependent.com/201503opinion-local-control-key-education-spending <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Matthew Witten </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> Town Meeting on Saturday in Starksboro featured a lengthy discussion with key players in the state&rsquo;s, the county&rsquo;s and the town&rsquo;s education deciders.</p> <p align="left"> Joining our debate, in addition to our local school board, were Superintendent David Adams and Rep. Dave Sharpe, chair of the Vermont House Education Committee.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28925">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503opinion-local-control-key-education-spending" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion education local control spending Wed, 04 Mar 2015 21:59:04 +0000 Zach Despart 28925 at http://addisonindependent.com Bristol Elementary parents seek transparency on budget process http://addisonindependent.com/201502bristol-elementary-parents-seek-transparency-budget-process <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Zach Despart </div> </div> </div> <p> BRISTOL &mdash; A group of Bristol Elementary School parents have expressed concern about local control of how their education tax dollars are spent, and are urging the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union to be more transparent.</p> <p> &ldquo;It seems that currently the budget is developed with a small handful of people with little opportunity for the public to weigh in,&rdquo; said parent Kristin Siringo. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not entirely clear how much the board is even involved in the process.&rdquo;</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28408">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201502bristol-elementary-parents-seek-transparency-budget-process" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bristol Adams ANeSU BES budget cuts petition school board spending transparency Thu, 05 Feb 2015 13:25:22 +0000 Zach Despart 28408 at http://addisonindependent.com Ferrisburgh eyes jump in municipal spending http://addisonindependent.com/201502ferrisburgh-eyes-jump-municipal-spending <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Andy Kirkaldy </div> </div> </div> <p> FERRISBURGH &mdash; Ferrisburgh residents in March will be asked to approve a 2015-2016 town budget that calls for the first recent significant spending increase, a 5.6 percent hike to about $1.77 million.</p> <p> Line items pushing spending higher include increased hours for town office workers, an additional road crew employee, a deficit from the current year that must be retired, and projected higher insurance and road resurfacing costs.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28404">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201502ferrisburgh-eyes-jump-municipal-spending" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ferrisburgh budget Featured spending Thu, 05 Feb 2015 13:20:49 +0000 Andy Kirkaldy 28404 at http://addisonindependent.com Editorial: Gov. Shumlin's budget sets bold challenges http://addisonindependent.com/201501editorial-budget-sets-bold-challenges <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Angelo S. Lynn </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> Gov. Peter Shumlin had little choice in his third-term budget address last Thursday but to propose significant cuts in spending and propose some increases in the state&rsquo;s revenue stream. The state is facing a $94 million shortfall in fiscal year 2016, and he did what no politician likes to do: propose cuts in spending and tax increases.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28029">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501editorial-budget-sets-bold-challenges" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial budget legislature Shumlin spending taxes Mon, 19 Jan 2015 12:42:33 +0000 Zach Despart 28029 at http://addisonindependent.com Neshobe school board seeking input from community http://addisonindependent.com/201501neshobe-school-board-seeking-input-community <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Lee J. Kahrs </div> </div> </div> <p> BRANDON &mdash; In what is sure to be an in-depth conversation about priorities, the Neshobe Elementary School Board has planned a community forum to discuss some key budget issues as Town Meeting Day draws near.</p> <p> Residents are invited to a forum at the Brandon school&rsquo;s library on Tuesday, Jan. 13, beginning at 5 p.m. It will be followed by the regular board meeting at 6 p.m., when board members will vote on a 2015-2016 spending plan that will go before voters on Town Meeting Day.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27922">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501neshobe-school-board-seeking-input-community" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Brandon budget Neshobe school spending Mon, 12 Jan 2015 13:02:24 +0000 Zach Despart 27922 at http://addisonindependent.com Guest editorial: Vt. needs to fix school funding; start by changing governance http://addisonindependent.com/201501guest-editorial-vt-needs-fix-school-funding-start-changing-governance <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Emerson Lynn </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> Speaker of the House Shap Smith has spent the past couple of weeks asking Vermonters for their ideas on how the state can reduce property taxes and still maintain a high quality educational system.</p> <p align="left"> He should be careful for what he asks.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27742">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501guest-editorial-vt-needs-fix-school-funding-start-changing-governance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial education legislature reform spending Mon, 05 Jan 2015 12:38:01 +0000 Zach Despart 27742 at http://addisonindependent.com Editorial: Vermont bucks 'popular' politics to invest in its kids http://addisonindependent.com/201412editorial-vermont-bucks-popular-politics-invest-its-kids <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Angelo S. Lynn </div> </div> </div> <p> It&rsquo;s popular today to be critical of politicians in Washington, D.C., and in Montpelier. It&rsquo;s popular to be against government spending and for tax cuts. It&rsquo;s also popular to be against spending more on education &mdash; both at the state level and federal.</p> <p> But what&rsquo;s popular is not always smart.</p> <p> What&rsquo;s smart is to raise and spend money in ways that make our society stronger, enrich the individual and reduce the need for spending more on the back end.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27415">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201412editorial-vermont-bucks-popular-politics-invest-its-kids" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial education kindergarten spending Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:54:39 +0000 Zach Despart 27415 at http://addisonindependent.com Opinion: Per-pupil cost info would help http://addisonindependent.com/201412opinion-pupil-cost-info-would-help <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Ken Wilkins </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> <span style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">The Dec. 4 editorial outlines the burden of tax for Vermont payers. Understanding of the reason for high tax rates per pupil is different. However, I do understand relative comparisons of expense.</span></p> <p align="left"> If the school department would publish a comparison chart of cost per pupil in the other New England states, we would have a better understanding that you are doing a good job.</p> <p align="right"> <strong>Ken Wilkins</strong></p> <p align="right"> <strong>Middlebury</strong></p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27364">full story</a></h4> Opinion education per-pupil costs spending Wed, 10 Dec 2014 21:42:05 +0000 Zach Despart 27364 at http://addisonindependent.com Opinion: Problem with rising school taxes in Montpelier http://addisonindependent.com/201403opinion-problem-rising-school-taxes-montpelier <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Jay Harrington </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> <span style="line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">The article &ldquo;Lawmakers lament school tax hikes&rdquo; (</span><em style="font-size: 13px;">Addison Independent, </em><span style="line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">March 13) made me concerned because the lawmakers didn&rsquo;t see the disconnect between the school budgets&rsquo; changes and the state&rsquo;s school property tax rate.</span></p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/22316">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201403opinion-problem-rising-school-taxes-montpelier" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion education legislature property taxes Shumlin spending Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:19:31 +0000 Zach Despart 22316 at http://addisonindependent.com Editorial: Put the onus of education spending where it belongs http://addisonindependent.com/201403editorial-put-onus-education-spending-where-it-belongs <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Angelo S. Lynn </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">Following 34 school budget defeats across the state on Town Meeting Day, the most since 2003, Gov. Peter Shumlin displayed an uncharacteristically tin ear Wednesday by suggesting school budgets woes rested in the hands of local residents. &nbsp;</span></p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/22000">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201403editorial-put-onus-education-spending-where-it-belongs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial education legislature Shumlin spending Thu, 06 Mar 2014 14:31:14 +0000 Zach Despart 22000 at http://addisonindependent.com VUHS weighs a 2.5% spending hike http://addisonindependent.com/201112vuhs-weighing-25-spending-hike <p> VERGENNES &mdash; Last March, the Vergennes Union High School board&rsquo;s level-funded budget of a little less than $8.9 million earned solid support in the five communities the school serves. Now the board is eyeing a third budget draft for the 2012-2013 academic year that could raise spending by 2.47 percent to a little more than $9 million.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/10266">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201112vuhs-weighing-25-spending-hike" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vergennes budgets education spending Mon, 19 Dec 2011 18:00:06 +0000 Andy Kirkaldy 10266 at http://addisonindependent.com Editorial: Paranoia of terrorism causes U.S. to spend needless billions http://addisonindependent.com/201109editorial-paranoia-terrorism-causes-us-spend-needless-billions <p> In retrospect, It would be fascinating, and probably terrifying, to know even roughly what amount of money and resources it took for this country to prepare for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kcci.com/r/29147403/detail.html">the tenth anniversary of 9/11</a>&hellip;</p> <p> Unfortunately, although there has been vast media coverage of the massive security measures undertaken for 9/11, no one seems to be looking at it in terms of the extent of vulnerability in which these knee-jerk measures leave the nation and the further economic drain that they place on our economy.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/9351">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201109editorial-paranoia-terrorism-causes-us-spend-needless-billions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial 9/11 spending terror Mon, 26 Sep 2011 16:00:00 +0000 Christian Woodard 9351 at http://addisonindependent.com