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February 25th, 2015
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.
GOSHEN — Residents in little Goshen will have some big decisions to make next week on the future of garbage and recycling in town. When folks gather for town meeting on Monday at 7 p.m. at town hall Selectman Kevin O’Classen said townspeople will continue a discussion started in October on Act 148.
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh residents at town meeting — which will be held this year on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 10 a.m. at Ferrisburgh Central School (FCS) — will be asked to approve higher town spending and several other financial articles.
In Australian balloting at the Route 7 town office building from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, residents will decide two contested races, including one for the selectboard, and weigh in on school spending that will have a tax impact.
CORNWALL — Cornwall residents at their town meeting next week will decide a contested race for the selectboard and determine how to address a $56,896 budget deficit carried over from the 2013-2014 fiscal year.
The deficit, Town Clerk Sue Johnson noted, is primarily associated with a lag in the collection of delinquent taxes. This will most likely require a vote at town meeting to make up the deficit by raising taxes.
The lone race on the ballot features Magna L. Dodge versus Brian Kemp for a one-year spot on the selectboard.