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February 25th, 2015
CORNWALL — Cornwall residents at their town meeting next week will decide a contested race for the selectboard and determine how to address a $56,896 budget deficit carried over from the 2013-2014 fiscal year.
The deficit, Town Clerk Sue Johnson noted, is primarily associated with a lag in the collection of delinquent taxes. This will most likely require a vote at town meeting to make up the deficit by raising taxes.
The lone race on the ballot features Magna L. Dodge versus Brian Kemp for a one-year spot on the selectboard.
BRISTOL — Voters in Bristol will convene on March 2 at 7 p.m. in Holley Hall to weigh in on the 20 articles on the town meeting warning.
The selectboard is asking townspeople to approve a budget that features spending $714,041 for the highway fund, $607,735 of which is to be raised by taxes. The highway fund sum is almost exactly the same as last year.
BRIDPORT — Bridport residents at their town meeting next Tuesday will be asked to take the town clerk, treasurer and tax collector positions off future election ballots and instead allow the local selectboard to appoint people to those positions.
BRANDON — After townspeople voted on municipal budget proposals five times in 2014, Brandon town leaders are hoping that they will gain residents’ support for the proposed fiscal year 2016 town budget in just one go around — on Town Meeting Day.
ADDISON — Decisions on spending will dominate Addison’s Monday, March 2, town and school meetings, and Tuesday, March 3, balloting.
One financial measure will be discussed on Monday night during the school portion of the joint town and school meeting, which will begin at 7 p.m. at Addison Central School (ACS). Residents will be asked to add $10,000 to the ACS capital improvement fund, an annual request.
In the interest of civil discourse, amenable conversation and cordial debate may I present Patrick Henry on the issue of liberty:
“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined. … The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able might have a gun.”
— Patrick Henry, in a speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 5, 1778.
Just thinking — if Vermonters are so helpful and caring of their neighbors why do so many still drive too fast for conditions and/or tailgate?
And wouldn’t it be great if all the snow that people can’t find room for here in the Northeast could be loaded into waterproof vehicles and trucked to the areas of the Southwest that are suffering record drought?
This is both a personal and professional endorsement for Doug Bailey to be elected to the Brandon selectboard. Having dealt with Doug since the early 1980s at First Vermont Bank and been a friend of his for almost that long, I know very well the person who will represent us.