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February 25th, 2015
RIPTON — Ripton residents on Tuesday, March 3, will decide a two-person race for a three-year term on the selectboard in what otherwise promises to be a low-key Town Meeting Day for the community.
The race involves incumbent Selectman Ronald Wimett, who faces a challenge from resident Perry Hanson. This is the second year in a row that Hanson will be trying to unseat an incumbent on the board. Last year, Selectwoman Laureen Cox bested Hanson by a 91-40 tally.
PANTON — Panton residents will gather at Town Hall on Tuesday, March 3, to decide a number of financial questions and to choose several new officers, and on the same day weigh in on Vergennes Union High School and Vergennes Union Elementary School spending.
Town meeting itself begins at 10 a.m., while voting will run that day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
ORWELL — Orwell residents will cast ballots on school and municipal budgets, elect town and school officials and decide a number of items at the annual town meeting. Orwell has moved its meeting from the first Tuesday in March to the preceding Monday evening; the meeting starts at 7 p.m. on March 2 at the Orwell Town Hall.
Voters will elect 20 town officers and a couple of school board positions, many of which are running unopposed. Orwell will see two contested elections.
NEW HAVEN — Voters in New Haven will consider 32 articles on Town Meeting Day, March 3. Polls will be open at the New Haven Town Hall from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The annual meeting for both the town and the school will be held on Monday, March 2, at the town hall beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Townspeople will weigh in on a proposed 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 would require raising $635,467 from property taxes.
MONKTON — Voters in the northeast Addison County town of Monkton will get a chance to make their voices heard at the annual town meeting on Tuesday beginning at 10 a.m. at Monkton Central School. Polls will be open at the school from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. so voters can weigh in on some articles by Australian ballot.
The selectboard is asking voters to approve a $1.19 million municipal spending plan to pay for, among other things, salaries, road expenses as well as operating costs for the fire department, library and historical society.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s 2015 town meeting will seem like a ho-hum affair compared to last year’s edition, which featured a vote on a controversial, $6.5-million town offices/recreation center project and an eight-person field competing for three seats on the selectboard.
No such excitement this year.
LINCOLN — Residents in Lincoln will get together at Burnham Hall on Monday, March 2, at 6 p.m. to discuss and vote on municipal and elementary school budgets at their annual town and school meetings. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Burnham Hall on Tuesday, March 3, so residents can cast ballots for town officials and on the Mount Abraham Union High School budget.
On Tuesday voters will also determine the fate of a bond to pay for spending up to $590,000 to renovate and expand the existing town office — a step townspeople have mulled for years.
LEICESTER — Leicester residents will start their town meeting at 7 p.m. at the Leicester Meeting House to weigh school and town budgets. At issue is a municipal spending plan of $574,282.88, which represents an increase of $46,785.88 — or 8 percent — over the $527,497 spending plan approved last year.
The municipal budget is warned in two parts: general expense and highway expenses. The selectboard has asked for $271,947.88 for general expenseswith $201,612.18 to be raised by taxes, and $302,335 for highway expenses with $237,876.09 to be raised by taxes.