FERRISBURGH — Despite at least modest increases in town spending and in the Ferrisburgh Central School and Vergennes Union High School budgets, Ferrisburgh’s 2012-2013 property tax rates dropped from this past year.
Ferrisburgh’s new residential rate stands at $1.6276 per $100 of assed value — 10.58 cents lower than the 2011-2012 rate.
That decrease translates to a tax bill that is about $200 lower for a Ferrisburgh home assessed at $200,000, assuming its owners are not eligible for property tax relief.
ADDISON — Due to a combination of factors, the town Addison’s residential property tax rates dropped by 14.8 percent for the 2012-2013 fiscal year, while the town’s commercial property tax rate fell by 10 percent.
Addison’s new residential rate is $1.5412 per $100 of assessed value, down from $1.8084.
That decrease of almost 27 cents translates to a tax bill that is about $534 lower for an Addison home assessed at $200,000, assuming its owners are not eligible for property tax relief.
MIDDLEBURY — On July 9 in Addison Superior Court, Vergennes Union High School Co-Principal Edwin Webbley pleaded no contest to a charge of careless or negligent operation of a motor vehicle in a plea deal that ended a case against him that began on Feb. 6, when Vermont State Police alleged he was driving under the influence of alcohol.
According to court documents, Webbley, a 57-year-old Bristol resident and the Vermont Principals’ Association 2010 Robert F. Pierce Vermont Secondary Principal of the Year, was fined $400 for the offense, plus $201 in surcharges.
NEW HAVEN — For most children, typical summer activities include playing outside and trips to the town pool. But for two New Haven girls, summer vacation includes organizing a community fundraiser.
Sisters Emily and Kayley Tardie, age 11 and 7, respectively, have been hard at work planning a fundraiser scheduled to be held in the New Haven Town Hall on Aug. 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. The event, called “Just Dance,” will feature a night of dancing, food and prizes for the whole family. All proceeds will benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of Vermont.
ADDISON COUNTY — Considered by many to be the ultimate test of strength and endurance, the Ironman competition is not for the average athlete. It starts with a 2.4-mile swim that is followed by a 112-mile bike ride and wraps up with a marathon (26.2 miles) on foot. It is common for many to drop out during the course of the race
Last week, 4-H members around the county were making final preparations for Field Days, grooming and walking their animals. Hear what they had to say, then look out for the 4-H events at Field Days! Members are showing in the Fitting and Showmanship and Confirmation 4-H events, and most will also show their animals in the open show.
It’s fair time in Addison County. As of Tuesday, the amusement rides will be swirling, 4-Hers will begin showing their livestock, and competitors in events like armwrestling and iron-pan throwing will set the stage for five days of friendly competition, including tractor pulling contests and the always-fun Demolition Derby.
“No sprays or chemicals used.” That’s what was posted on Lower Notch Berry Farm’s FaceBook page, consequently intriguing me to visit the farm in Bristol this past Wednesday afternoon.
Currently on the health food kick myself, I am attempting to eat more local and organic produce, which is sometimes a challenge considering I still eat all of my meals in the Middlebury College dining hall.