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Editorial: Changes to ID-4 budget process would benefit voters

Posted on February 16, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



One of the roles of any public governing body is to encourage maximum public participation in decisions crucial to the community. Public participation, after all, is the foundation of democracy.

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ID-4 board balks at endorsing changes to meeting date, voting method

Posted on February 12, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



MIDDLEBURY — The ID-4 school board on Monday evening decided not to endorse two proposals that would change the date of the district’s annual meeting and switch the method of voting on the Mary Hogan School budget to Australian ballot.

But proponents of the changes vowed afterward to make the questions articles to be considered at the annual ID-4 meeting in April via citizens’ petitions.

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Lincoln moves forward on new town office plan

Posted on January 19, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



LINCOLN — An ad hoc committee of residents appointed by the Lincoln selectboard will meet Wednesday to finalize a recommendation to the board on how to proceed with building a new town office building.

The committee has been working since September on the proposal, and will meet on Jan. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the present town office.

Selectman Bill Finger said the town has had discussions about replacing the 45-year-old town office building since 2009. He said the growth of the town has rendered the structure too small.

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ID-4 board asked to move Middlebury school vote

Posted on November 20, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Mary Hogan Elementary School officials are discussing a proposal that the annual ID-4 school district budget be decided on Town Meeting Day instead of on the second Wednesday of April, and that residents cast ballots on the spending plan instead of passing judgment with a voice vote.

The ID-4 school board’s decision to consider the changes comes after a pitch by some local citizens and Middlebury officials who believe that a Town Meeting Day vote by Australian ballot would allow more residents to weigh in on annual Mary Hogan Elementary spending.

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Five-town residents to decide fate of $33M Mt. Abraham bond

Posted on October 30, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — Voters in the five towns that comprise the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union will decide Tuesday whether to approve a $32.6 million bond to finance an ambitious renovation of Mount Abraham Union High School.

The project would make major structural and aesthetic improvements to the building, which has not undergone a substantial renovation since it was constructed in the late 1960s.

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Residents sound off on Mt. Abe bond plan

Posted on October 16, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — Reactions were mixed from the more than 30 Addison Northeast Supervisory Union residents who turned out for a special Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School Board meeting on the proposed $33 million bond to finance a substantial renovation of the school.

Most spoke in favor of the project, while others raised concerns about the price tag and the necessity of some of the more ambitious parts of the proposal.

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Brandon eyes a switch to floor vote on municipal budget

Posted on September 29, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Vermonters are often heard yearning for the past, a simpler time, they say. Now, in an effort to change the course of Brandon’s recent budget voting past, a small band of taxpayers has an intriguing idea: Bring the floor vote back to Brandon Town Meeting.

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Opinion: Milne has right vision for state

Posted on September 3, 2014 |
By Manchester Center



As a young adult living in Vermont, I feel so privileged to reside in a state filled with natural beauty, rich history, and kind-hearted people. However, like many young Vermonters, I’m at a crossroads over where I plan to live as I approach the next stage in my life. The direction of our state government is an important factor in my decision, as it is for many other young Vermont residents. I want to live in a state with economic security, employment opportunities and a quality education system.

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Opinion: For sake of future, Brandon voters must compromise

Posted on August 11, 2014 |
By Brian E. Fillioe



My interest was piqued by recent letters in the Reporter (July 30 edition) and Gene Pagano’s letter to the Herald. I must say I am beginning to think Brandon is doing an impression of the Israelites when they were in the wilderness for 40 years.

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Opinion: Brandon voters must offer ideas on budget impasse

Posted on July 14, 2014 |
By Brian Fillioe



Does Brandon need eight police officers? No. Does Brandon need four highway guys? No. Brandon could do with less; however, just as there is a cost to employing that number of staff there is a cost to not having enough staff. Chief Brickell told the selectmen at a recent meeting the effects of less than eight police officers. And in reality there are seven officers and a school resource officer that Brandon uses during the down school time.

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