February 23rd, 2017
VERGENNES — Addison Northwest School District board members and administrators will discuss their roughly $21.1 million unified budget proposal for the 2017-2018 academic year at the board’s annual meeting next Monday, Feb. 27, at 6 p.m. in the Vergennes Union High School library.
On Town Meeting Day voters in Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Vergennes and Waltham will vote for the first time on a unified ANSWD budget to cover operations for all four ANWSD schools and their central office, and the district’s share of Hannaford Career Center costs.
BRANDON — While the proposed Brandon town budget includes a modest overall spending increase, voter approval would mean a lower tax rate.
That’s because there is $50,000 less allocated for paving under a special appropriation on the warning than there was in the current town budget.
A citizen movement called “Yes California” is trying to collect the 585,000 signatures (3 percent of the state’s registered voters) needed to put a referendum question on the November 2018 California ballot to repeal the provision in that state’s constitution that “California is an inseparable part of the United States of America.”
On behalf of Sen. Ayer and myself, I want to share news on recent work in the Vermont Senate. As this is my first report, it’s a bit long. Future reports will provide briefer updates.
Here are some of the bills we’ve passed and issues we’re addressing:
S.10 provides for the extension of municipal water systems to homes whose drinking systems (wells and springs) have been poisoned with the potentially cancer-causing chemical PFOA. While many people know that this happened in Bennington, there are 14 towns in Vermont where PFOA has been found.
STARKSBORO — Residents of Starksboro voted last December to expand the town’s three-person selectboard to a five-person board.
With one existing selectboard seat coming up for re-election, the expansion means there will be three selectboard seats on the Town Meeting Day ballot. As March 7 nears, voters face choices in two of those three positions.
FERRISBURGH — Learn more about who is running for local offices in Ferrisburgh next Tuesday evening at an event sponsored by the town historical society.
On Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 7-9 p.m., there will be a Ferrisburgh Candidates Forum for all those running for local office on Town Meeting Day. The Ferrisburgh Historical Society will host the event upstairs at the Town Office and Community Center, a.k.a. the former Grange Hall.
MIDDLEBURY — Mary Ruth Crawford works about 20 hours a week at HOPE, sorting and pricing books that have been donated to HOPE’s resale thrift store. She’s as committed an employee as they come — except she’s not an employee, she is a volunteer. Last year, over 92,000 books passed through her hands on their way to the retail shelf in HOPE’s store. Revenues from HOPE’s store help fund local poverty relief efforts.