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February 26th, 2015
Entering the Town Meeting break there are three topics that have percolated to the top of legislators’ lunch break discussions. Those subjects are solving the state revenue projected shortfall, changes in public education, and water quality issues, especially surrounding Lake Champlain. What are my thoughts on these issues?
Energy Independent Vermont recently proposed adopting a revenue neutral carbon tax in Vermont. The concept is simple. Tax what you don’t want — carbon pollution — to drive demand for cleaner, carbon-free forms of heat, transportation and electricity. As a mother who wants to leave my daughters a healthy planet and a sustainable economy, I support a carbon tax because it is the best way to achieve both.
There’s an old story about the Vermont farmer who had his farm in the Connecticut River Valley.
Over the years, the river had changed course several times and eventually, out-of-state surveyors were hired to determine exactly where the state line was.
When their work was completed, it fell to one of the surveyors to tell the old Vermont farmer that his land was in fact not in Vermont, but was actually in New Hampshire.
“I’m mighty glad to hear that!” the farmer said.
WHITING — Whiting residents will gather at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, to decide on town and elementary school spending proposals and choose a dozen officers, most notably a selectboard member and an elementary school director, each for three-year terms.
WEYBRIDGE — Weybridge residents at their town meeting will be asked to approve some charter changes that would allow the local selectboard to appoint its town clerk, treasurer, road commissioner and assistant road commissioner currently they are elected by residents. This means that the person or people taking these positions would no longer have to reside in the town of Weybridge; they would be appointed and receive an hourly wage.
WALTHAM — Waltham residents will gather on Monday to decide from the floor of town meeting financial and other issues and choose town officers, and then will vote on Tuesday on school spending.
At issue beginning at 6 p.m. in Waltham Town Hall on March 2 will be the selectboard’s proposal for $91,387 of general fund administrative spending and $133,825 of road spending.