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Brandon town manager resigns

Posted on March 26, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — Brandon Town Manager Robin Bennett has resigned after reaching a $12,578 settlement in principle with the town that officially closes the book on her 18-month tenure.

The deal was announced following a brief executive session of the Brandon selectboard on Monday morning at the Brandon Town Hall. The move comes two weeks after the board placed Bennett on administrative leave following a performance evaluation over several weeks.

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Brandon community meeting set for April 6 to talk about flooding

Posted on March 26, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



BRANDON — The days are getting longer and warmer, the snow is melting and soon we will have April showers — all signs that spring is on the way. But ice jams, snow melt and showers also raise the level of our streams and rivers. Our thoughts turn to the risk of flooding and the damage that may result.

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Brandon town manager is put on leave

Posted on March 19, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The Brandon selectboard has placed Town Manager Robin Bennett on paid administrative leave.

“It means that she’s going to take the week off and figure out how dedicated she is to the town of Brandon,” Selectman Devon Fuller said last week after the board made the decision at a March 9 meeting. “It’s all part of her performance evaluation, which we began in February.”

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Town Meeting Wrap 2015: Brandon

Posted on March 4, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



BRANDON — It’s time to move on. That seems to be the message from Brandon voters, as every article on the Town Meeting Day ballot was approved this week.

The Brandon selectboard warned a “no-frills” budget that represents a 2 percent, or $47,000, increase in the amount to be raised by taxes. The approved $2,906,075 spending plan calls for $2,425,370 to be raised by taxes — a 1.7 percent increase. Voters bought it, passing the budget, 609-418.

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Town Meeting Preview 2015: Brandon

Posted on February 25, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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.

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Brandon advances 'no-frills' budget

Posted on February 2, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — In the past 23 months Brandon residents have voted on municipal budgets nine times — four times in 2013 and five in 2014. In both of the last two budget cycles, townspeople have engaged in intense debate, emotional wrangling and numerous re-votes that led to budget approval in the summer months after the start of the fiscal year.

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New leaders named in Brandon

Posted on February 2, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — After a sudden reorganization less than two months before Town Meeting Day, the Brandon selectboard has a new chairman, a new member, and at least one race for a seat come the first Tuesday in March.

Monday, Jan. 26, was a busy day for selectboard business, as 5 p.m. was the deadline for petitions to run for town office, followed by a regular selectboard meeting that evening.

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Slight spending hike results in bigger tax boost at OVUHS

Posted on January 22, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Statewide education funding reform can’t come soon enough for Otter Valley Union High School. Despite the fact that the OV board approved a proposed budget this month with a modest 1.83 percent spending increase, the union Homestead tax rate will increase by roughly 7 cents, or 4.6 percent.

The board on Jan. 7 approved a $10,718,131 spending plan for the 2015-2016 fiscal year, a $192,414 increase over the current spending plan.

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Brandon selectboard chair steps down

Posted on January 22, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The chair of the Brandon selectboard abruptly resigned this on Jan. 12, and her board postponed approval of a preliminary budget to send to voters.

Maria Ammatuna, in a letter read publicly by Brandon selectboard Vice Chair Dave Atherton, cited critical health concerns as the reason for her sudden resignation.

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Neshobe school board seeking input from community

Posted on January 12, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — In what is sure to be an in-depth conversation about priorities, the Neshobe Elementary School Board has planned a community forum to discuss some key budget issues as Town Meeting Day draws near.

Residents are invited to a forum at the Brandon school’s library on Tuesday, Jan. 13, beginning at 5 p.m. It will be followed by the regular board meeting at 6 p.m., when board members will vote on a 2015-2016 spending plan that will go before voters on Town Meeting Day.

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