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Posted on March 1, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



GRANVILLE — When the residents of Granville gather at town hall on Tuesday for the annual school meeting (5:30 p.m.) and town meeting (6:30 p.m.) they will be asked to vote on a new selectboard member and school board member (among other offices) and approved increased school spending and decreased town spending for the coming year.

Norm Arseneault stepped up to fill the final year of a term on the selectboard, and he has said he doesn’t plan for election to that three-year seat when it expires next week. The seat is open for someone to announce a candidacy from the floor of town meeting Tuesday.

School board member Erika Linskey’s term also expires Tuesday. Voters will select someone for that three-year term also in a floor vote. It is not known if Linskey will seek re-election.

Residents will also vote for a delinquent tax collector, grand juror, town agent, cemetery commissioner and second constable.

Overall public spending sought for 2017-2018 in Granville is pegged at $345,873 — residents will vote on that number. The municipal spending plan is proposed at $178,073, down 2 percent from $181,781 for the current year. Highway spending from the town proposed at $167,800, which is down 7.6 percent from $179,500.

There will be a number of appropriations to consider, including $6,000 for resurfacing existing paved road and $8,000 to match a structure grant.

The U.S. Postal Service has asked the town to rent space next to the town hall to erect a modular building that would house a new Granville Post Office. The selectboard will ask townspeople what they think of the idea at town meeting.

Also on Tuesday evening, residents will vote on proposed school spending of $764,433, which is a 13.6 percent increase from last year. That increase is attributed to an increase in students. Granville had a low of 22 students in 2013, and currently it has 44 students in pre-K to 12th grade.

School directors are expected to discuss how Act 46, Vermont’s school governance unification law, could affect Granville.

School governance has already seen a big change. In 2016, Windsor Northwest and Orange Windsor supervisory unions merged to form the White River Valley Supervisory Union, which encompasses 10 towns. Granville and Hancock are the only two towns in the union that tuition all of their students to the schools of the student’s choice.

Voters in Granville and Hancock will vote on April 11 on whether to created the Granville Hancock Unified District. If this is approved, and some other moves in the White River Valley SU are approved, Granville would see four years of property tax breaks. In addition to the tax breaks, it is hoped that the unification will level out the swings in student numbers and thus swings up and down in the education taxes residents pay.

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