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March 5th, 2015
VERGENNES — While the annual March municipal meeting in Vergennes does not include the typical Town Meeting Day votes on municipal and road budgets — the city council sets those spending plans in June — this week saw a lot of action in the Little City on Town Meeting Day.
STARKSBORO — Residents in Starksboro on Saturday approved all municipal spending items as well as an amended budget for Robinson Elementary School at their annual meeting.
Voters said “yes” to a general fund budget that expends $740,210; after non-tax revenue of $209,050 and a previous surplus of $29,269, a total of $501,891 in taxes will be required. That total spending figure is 1.96 percent less than the budget for the present fiscal year.
SHOREHAM — Shoreham residents at their town meeting agreed to sell an unused, 6-acre piece of town-owned land and use the proceeds for future community projects.
SALISBURY — Salisbury residents at their town meeting Monday endorsed a series of charter changes that pave the way for the community to appoint its treasurer (as opposed to electing that person) and delineate specific responsibilities for the town clerk. Both the treasurer and town clerk positions will have terms of one year, if the charter changes are endorsed by the state Legislature — which is usually a formality.
RIPTON — Ripton residents at their town meeting re-elected Selectman Ronald Wimett in the lone contested race on the ballot and approved all of the money items they were presented.
Wimett won election to a three-year term over challenger Perry Hanson by a 64 to 49 tally.
Residents passed fiscal year 2016 budgets of $294,100 and $282,900, respectively, for highway and general services.
Also endorsed were articles asking that the town clerk and treasurer’s positions be elected on an annual basis, beginning on March 1, 2016.
PANTON — Panton residents on Tuesday decided a number of financial questions, chose several new officers, and weighed in on Vergennes Union High School and Vergennes Union Elementary School spending.
Those nominated from the floor of town meeting on Tuesday morning and returned to office by voice vote included selectboard members Beth Tarallo and Howard Hall, VUHS board member Richard Rathbun, and Vergennes-Panton Water District Commissioner David Philbrook.
ORWELL — Orwell residents approved school and municipal budgets, elected town and school officials on Town Meeting Day and, on the preceding evening, decided a number of items at the annual town meeting.
The proposed school spending plan for the next fiscal year passed by voice vote. The plan comes to $1,809,406, a 5.5 percent increase from the $1,709,645 approved last year.
NEW HAVEN — Two selectboard seats were up for grabs Tuesday in New Haven. Voters chose Jim Walsh over incumbent Charles Roy, 283 to 222, and Steve Dupoise Sr. over Susan Smiley, by a tally of 278 to 243.
In total, 538 voters showed up at the polls in New Haven. By a vote of 373 to 96, townspeople said “yes” to a 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 will require raising $635,467 from property taxes.