March 4th, 2015
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.
GRANVILLE — Residents of Granville on Tuesday evening elected a new selectman, decided to get rid of the town lister positions, and, after adding in a few thousand extra dollars, approved a town spending plan at the town meeting.
Sean Linsky won a three-year seat on the Granville selectboard, replacing Victoria Crowne, who chose not to run.
GOSHEN — There was only one contested race in tiny Goshen, but Monday evening’s town meeting was nevertheless abuzz with discussion — much of it centered on garbage.
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh residents at town meeting on Saturday at Ferrisburgh Central School (FCS) approved higher town spending and several other financial articles, and in Australian balloting at the town office building on Tuesday they picked a new selectman and defeated a proposed FCS budget for the second straight year and what observers believe is the second time ever.
CORNWALL — Cornwall residents at their town meeting elected Magna Dodge in a contested race for the selectboard and passed all of the money items on their warning.
Dodge defeated Brian Kemp, 116-98, amid a turnout of 224 voters — that’s 25 percent of the total registered voters in town.
Residents passed, by voice vote at Monday evening’s meeting, a fiscal year 2016 general fund budget of $486,610 and a highway budget request of $400,250.
BRISTOL — Voters in Bristol this week approved municipal spending plans but rejected the proposed budgets for the elementary and high schools.
On Monday evening voters OK’d a budget of $714,041 for the town highway fund, $607,735 of which is to be raised by taxes. The highway fund sum is almost exactly the same as last year.
BRIDPORT — Bridport residents at their town meeting agreed to take steps to take the town clerk, treasurer and tax collector positions off future election ballots and instead allow the local selectboard to appoint people to those positions. This will allow qualified candidates to apply from outside of the town of Bridport.