March 4th, 2015
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.
MONKTON — Monkton voters this week approved spending at the municipal level but said “no” to the proposed spending plan for their school.
MIDDLEBURY — Around 120 Middlebury residents turned out at their annual meeting Monday evening to overwhelmingly endorse all of the money items on their warning, and they returned to the polls the next day to field a ballot featuring one contested race. In that race, for a three-year term on the Mary Hogan Elementary School board, Leslie Bodette defeated Elaine Orozco Hammond, 336-219.
LINCOLN — Lincoln residents approved all articles as warned at their town meeting Monday evening; nevertheless, the meeting ran well past 10 p.m.
In the hot-button topic of the night, voters approved a bond up to $59,000 to renovate the existing town office; the measure won by a margin of 223 to 161.
LEICESTER — Voters in Leicester this week approved town and school budgets and elected a slate of officials in uncontested elections.
HANCOCK — Voters on Town Meeting Day approved town and school spending budgets as well as a number of individual appropriations in Hancock.
For the town’s general and highway funds, residents approved a town budget of $441,653, which was corrected after being warned incorrectly. The approved budget represents a 19-percent spending increase over the budget approved last year. The increase includes $70,000 to move the town office and the library to the location of what had been the school. The spending plan also includes a highway budget of $98,500.