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Ferrisburgh officials propose 3-percent hike in municipal budget

Posted on February 8, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh selectmen have proposed a 2010-2011 budget that, including charitable donations to be decided by residents on Town Meeting Day, would add about a half-cent to the town’s property tax rate. That increase would translate to $5 per $100,000 of assessed value.

Including about $57,700 of charitable requests, selectmen are proposing increasing town spending from about $1.52 million to $1.565 million.

That increase of about $45,500 translates to roughly 3 percent.

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Five towns field contested races

Posted on February 8, 2010 |
By Kathryn Flagg



ADDISON COUNTY — Town Meeting Day will bring contested selectboard races in New Haven, Starksboro and Lincoln this year, while most of the other races in the five-town area feature single candidates.

NEW HAVEN

New Haven is fielding one contested race for the selectboard this year: Incumbent Kathleen Ready is running against challenger Michael Dunbar for a two-year position on the board.

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Two vying for Starksboro board

Posted on February 8, 2010 |
By Kathryn Flagg



STARKSBORO — Two newcomers are running to fill the Starksboro selectboard seat being vacated by incumbent Alice Dubenetsky, who is not running for re-election.

Mathew Norris and Peter Ryersbach both seek the three-year term on the selectboard that will be up for election on Town Meeting Day.

Norris, 37, grew up in Starksboro, and worked as the postmaster in town until he was promoted to the position of postmaster in New Haven.

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Bristol eyes possible 1.8 percent tax hike

Posted on January 28, 2010 |
By Kathryn Flagg



BRISTOL — Bristol selectmen, worried about cutting too close to the bone in the 2010-2011 municipal budget, are asking town residents to approve a 1.18 percent increase in taxes this year to fund a proposed $1.9 million spending plan.

If approved by voters at the town meeting on March 1, the budget would be supported by $1,558,632 in taxes.

“If we cut too much we’re going to end up paying for it later,” Selectman John “Peeker” Heffernan said at the board’s meeting Monday night.

Selectman Sharon Compagna agreed.

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City voters to consider bill-paying grace period

Posted on January 28, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes residents in March will have the chance to vote themselves a 15-day period during which they would be allowed to make late payments on tax and sewer bills without an interest penalty.

A provision for such a grace period is on the Town Meeting Day ballot adopted by Vergennes aldermen at their Tuesday meeting.

Current city laws call for a 1 percent penalty to be applied automatically if quarterly tax or sewer payments are even one day late, but City Hall workers urged aldermen to consider giving residents the power to make the change.

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Bristol selectmen send gravel rules to vote

Posted on January 28, 2010 |
By Kathryn Flagg



BRISTOL — Hustling to meet a statutory deadline, Bristol selectmen on Monday chose to pass on to voters unchanged a proposed Bristol extraction ordinance that, if approved, would govern gravel extraction operations in the town.

Had the board opted to make even minor changes to the document, the ordinance would not have been eligible to head to a Town Meeting Day vote, when Bristol residents will also weigh a proposed town plan that has been four years in the making.

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Races are few in Vergennes area

Posted on January 28, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Not counting possible write-ins competition or floor votes, Vergennes-area residents may face only two choices between candidates for office on Town Meeting Day.

In Ferrisburgh, incumbent selectman and former town fire chief Bob Jenkins is facing a challenge from Kurt Plank, an organizer of the Friends of Ferrisburgh for Responsible Growth group that, among other things, opposed the Route 7 Champlain Oil Company Inc. proposal for a combined convenience store, fast-food restaurant and gas station.

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