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March 8th, 2012
BRISTOL — This year’s Town Meeting Day featured a two-way race for selectboard, a four-way race for school board and the Bristol police budget — a line item that was voted onto the Town Meeting Day agenda earlier this year. But first the town assembled on Monday to discuss a 5.96 percent increase in the amount to be raised by taxes for next year’s municipal spending plan.
ADDISON COUNTY — Residents of Addison County’s three school districts and of the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union joined a statewide trend and offered strong support for proposed school spending.
Backing for the region’s four union high schools ranged from 59.7 in favor of Otter Valley’s proposed budget to 66.7 percent for the UD-3 budget that funds both Middlebury Union High School and Middlebury Union Middle School.
BRISTOL — After Town Meeting Day elections wrapped up on Tuesday, the Bristol Planning Commission convened at Howden Hall and approved language for the land-use section of a new proposed town plan.
With that, according to acting-Chair Chico Martin, the commission has fully approved the massive update to the Bristol Town Plan.
Below is our 2012 town-by-town wrapup of actions taken by Addison County and Brandon voters at their local annual gatherings. Click on a town to jump to the results.
SHOREHAM — At Monday evening’s town meeting, Shoreham residents approved all resolutions up for vote with two articles on the warning drawing a large share of the discussion.
After much talk, residents accepted an education spending plan that represented a 3.1 percent increase from the current year and authorized an expenditure of up to $160,000 of new taxpayer dollars for a new town clerk’s office, which will supplemented with money already on hand..
LEICESTER — After a lifetime of service to his town, Bob Oliver on Monday evening will spend his last town meeting sitting at the front of the Leicester Meeting House with the other members of the Leicester selectboard.
ADDISON COUNTY — As schools around the county scramble to keep up with rapid developments in information technology, leading educators have repeatedly voiced concern that education models embraced 10-20 years ago aren’t cutting it anymore. And students who don’t fit the traditional education mold are getting left behind.