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March 23rd, 2015
In the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union district, I believe two elementary school budgets were defeated along with the Mount Abraham budget. Being a taxpayer in Bristol, I can only talk about what is happening in our town and my take on the high school budget.
Open meeting laws are part of state statue to insure citizens are kept abreast of what government is doing. That’s as much true in state government as it is for school boards, town selectboards, zoning and planning commissions, or numerous other committees and subcommittees formed to carry out the important work of government.
In taking on those tasks, the inherent understanding is that the work is to be done openly and within full access of public transparency and participation.
MIDDLEBURY — Joy Marie Clark, age 82, passed peacefully from this life and into our Father’s presence on Monday, March 16, 2015, with loved ones at her side at her home in Middlebury.
MIDDLEBURY — Education finance reform and the estimated $112 million revenue shortfall continue to get the most attention in Montpelier, but Vermont House Speaker Shap Smith said he and his colleagues are committed to passing health care reforms aimed at closing the cost-shift in Medicaid funding and recruiting more primary care physicians to the state.
Smith was speaking on health care issues at Porter Medical Center’s annual meeting on Monday at Middlebury College’s McCardell Bicentennial Hall.
BRISTOL — More than 50 Addison Northeast Supervisory Union voters packed the Mount Abraham Union High School library Tuesday evening to voice concerns to the school board about how to create a new budget proposal.
On Town Meeting Day voters in the five town area rejected the initial $14.06 million spending plan, 1,241–1,088. The board is working to put a new budget before voters later this spring.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police divers on Monday continued their search for a missing Connecticut woman, this time in Orwell.
VSP Lt. Reginald Trayah said divers searched Johnson’s Pond, a 35-acre body of water that straddles the town line between Orwell and Sudbury.
Trayah said the search was related to the disappearance of Denise Hart, 25, of Hartford, Conn., who was last seen Jan. 25 in Sudbury. Police suspect foul play had a hand in Hart’s disappearance.
FERRISBURGH — When the Vergennes Union High School board on Tuesday decided on a new budget proposal and vote date (see story, Page 1A), those actions triggered a date for a second Ferrisburgh Central School budget vote.
That revote, like the VUHS revote, will be held on Tuesday, May 5.
BRISTOL — Citizens who attended the weekly Legislative Breakfast on Monday heard from lawmakers about their struggle with the fiscal year 2016 general fund budget, which is facing a projected $112 million revenue shortfall.
Among the proposed cuts under consideration to shore up the budget are two of the Vermont Department of Public Safety’s four Public Service Answering Points (PSAPs) — better known as E-911 dispatching centers — in Derby and Rutland.