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March 6th, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury voters on Tuesday voted 915 to 798 in favor of a $6.5 million plan to build a new municipal building at 77 Main St. and a new recreation center on Creek Road.
VERGENNES — Addison Northwest Supervisory Union voters said no on Tuesday to a $9.73 million dollar Vergennes Union High School budget proposal, 961-747.
If the budget had passed, it would have increased spending by about 2.4 percent.
But the VUHS budget’s tax impact was projected to be more dramatic, thanks to the school’s declining enrollment and a projected budget deficit of almost $548,000 that ANwSU officials said was due to unexpected special education costs.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard will welcome two new members and a familiar face when it convenes for its first post-Town Meeting Day gathering on March 11.
Local voters this past Tuesday returned Middlebury selectboard Chairman Dean George to office for another year. George garnered 960 votes for the one-year term, giving him the victory over challenger Heather Seeley, who recorded 662 tallies.
MONKTON — Residents in three Addison County towns this week passed articles condemning the Vermont Gas Systems pipeline that is proposed to run through the county.
Voters in Monkton, Cornwall and Shoreham voiced their disapproval with Vermont Gas, the state’s only gas utility, by overwhelmingly approving the measures at their respective town meetings.
VERGENNES — Former Vergennes mayor and alderman Michael Daniels and incumbent city council members Renny Perry and Lynn Donnelly on Tuesday were the winners in a five-way race for three seats on the Vergennes city council.
Daniels, who served six years as mayor before stepping down in March 2013, earned 345 votes to lead the race. Perry, a former Vergennes city manager and New Hampshire city official, finished next with 295 votes, while Donnelly, who was appointed a year ago, came in third with 277.
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh residents in Tuesday balloting at Ferrisburgh Central School said no for the first time in recent memory to a proposed central school budget.
NEW HAVEN — Area lawmakers on Monday explained their latest efforts to deal with an issue on many Addison County residents’ minds during town meeting week: education property taxes, which have been escalating each year while the number of school-age children in the state has been declining.