Town Meeting Preview 2015: Monkton

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.
That sum is about 3.5 percent higher than the municipal spending plan voters approved for the current fiscal year.
Articles to be discussed at the meeting include proposals to spend up to $80,000 for a new pickup truck for the highway department, to spend up to $78,000 on an addition to the firehouse and to change when the annual meeting is held to the Monday evening preceding Town Meeting Day.
An article asks voters whether town-owned land next to the Friends Methodist Church should be used as the site of a new town hall instead of a park and ride lot. Another asks voters to approve a total of $22,124 in spending to 25 different social service agencies.
Also up for consideration is the proposed spending plan of $2,816,980 for Monkton Central School. That figure is about 9.3 percent more than the current budget. Residents will also weigh in on the proposed $14.06 million spending plan for Mount Abraham Union High School. That sum is less than 1 percent lower than the $14.09 million budget voters approved last year.
Monkton voters will also elect town officials, though none of the races are contested.
Selectmen Stephen Pilcher and John McNerney are running again for seats on the selectboard.
Incumbent Marikate Kelly and newcomer Sarah Rougier are running for two one-year seats on the elementary school board. Incumbent Jennifer Stanley is running for the three-year Monkton Central board seat.
Incumbent Shawna Sherwin is vying for a return to her seat on the Mount Abraham Union High School board.
Sharon Gomez hopes voters re-elect her as town and school clerk.
Other candidates include Kenneth Wheeling for town and school moderator, Jane Low for library trustee, William Joos for town and school treasurer, Samuel H. Burr for lister, Charles Huizenga Sr. for constable and Mary Jane Huizenga for auditor.

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