February 25th, 2015
ORWELL — Orwell residents will cast ballots on school and municipal budgets, elect town and school officials and decide a number of items at the annual town meeting. Orwell has moved its meeting from the first Tuesday in March to the preceding Monday evening; the meeting starts at 7 p.m. on March 2 at the Orwell Town Hall.
Voters will elect 20 town officers and a couple of school board positions, many of which are running unopposed. Orwell will see two contested elections.
NEW HAVEN — Voters in New Haven will consider 32 articles on Town Meeting Day, March 3. Polls will be open at the New Haven Town Hall from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The annual meeting for both the town and the school will be held on Monday, March 2, at the town hall beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Townspeople will weigh in on a proposed 2015-2016 road fund budget that calls for $1.01 million in spending, which is 9.6 percent less than the sum voters approved last year. It would require raising $635,467 from property taxes.
MONKTON — Voters in the northeast Addison County town of Monkton will get a chance to make their voices heard at the annual town meeting on Tuesday beginning at 10 a.m. at Monkton Central School. Polls will be open at the school from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. so voters can weigh in on some articles by Australian ballot.
The selectboard is asking voters to approve a $1.19 million municipal spending plan to pay for, among other things, salaries, road expenses as well as operating costs for the fire department, library and historical society.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s 2015 town meeting will seem like a ho-hum affair compared to last year’s edition, which featured a vote on a controversial, $6.5-million town offices/recreation center project and an eight-person field competing for three seats on the selectboard.
No such excitement this year.
LINCOLN — Residents in Lincoln will get together at Burnham Hall on Monday, March 2, at 6 p.m. to discuss and vote on municipal and elementary school budgets at their annual town and school meetings. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Burnham Hall on Tuesday, March 3, so residents can cast ballots for town officials and on the Mount Abraham Union High School budget.
On Tuesday voters will also determine the fate of a bond to pay for spending up to $590,000 to renovate and expand the existing town office — a step townspeople have mulled for years.
LEICESTER — Leicester residents will start their town meeting at 7 p.m. at the Leicester Meeting House to weigh school and town budgets. At issue is a municipal spending plan of $574,282.88, which represents an increase of $46,785.88 — or 8 percent — over the $527,497 spending plan approved last year.
The municipal budget is warned in two parts: general expense and highway expenses. The selectboard has asked for $271,947.88 for general expenseswith $201,612.18 to be raised by taxes, and $302,335 for highway expenses with $237,876.09 to be raised by taxes.
HANCOCK — On Town Meeting Day voters in Hancock will vote on town and school spending budgets as well as a number of individual appropriations. The meeting is scheduled to kick off at 10 a.m. at the Town Hall on March 3.
For the town’s general and highway funds, residents will vote on a $356,277 spending plan, a decrease of 8 percent from the $326,842 approved by voters at last year’s town meeting.
GRANVILLE — Residents in Granville will consider 28 articles on Town Meeting Day including the town’s municipal and school budgets. Voters will also elect officials to eight town offices and two school positions including a treasurer and school board director with no contested elections.
The annual meeting for the school will begin at 5 p.m. in the town hall and will be followed by the town meeting at 6:30 p.m. with voting done from the floor.