Town Meeting Preview 2015: New Haven

NEW HAVEN — Voters in New Haven will consider 32 articles on Town Meeting Day, March 3. Polls will be open at the New Haven Town Hall from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The annual meeting for both the town and the school will be held on Monday, March 2, at the town hall beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Townspeople will weigh in on a proposed 2015-2016 road fund budget that calls for $1.01 million in spending, which is 9.6 percent less than the sum voters approved last year. It would require raising $635,467 from property taxes.
They will also consider a municipal spending proposal of $625,311, which is 5.4 percent less than the present budget; $293,649 would be raised by taxes.
If both funds are approved as warned, the town will need to raise $929,116 in taxes.
Other spending items to be approved by Australian ballot include proposals to:
•  Spend $40,000 from the Road Equipment Fund to purchase a new front end loader.
•  Spend up to $40,000 from the Reserve Facilities Fund to replace the flooring on the first level of the town hall.
•  Pay Addison County Transit Resources $4,694 for bus service.
Also up for consideration is the proposed spending plan of $1,821,607 for Beeman Elementary School. That figure is about 1.5 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.
The ballot for town officers features two competitive selectboard races: Steve Dupoise Sr. is running against Susan Smiley for the two-year term, while Jim Walsh faces Charles Roy for the three-year term. Roy is currently on the selectboard.
Incumbents Brad Bull and Phyllis Smith hope voters choose them for the Beeman Elementary School board, while incumbent Amanda Bolduc is running again for the Mount Abraham Union High School board.
Other candidates include Sylviasue Ford for delinquent tax collector, Earl Bessette for grand juror and Michaela Granstrom and Katherine Selby for two library trustee positions. No one appears on the ballot for the posts of town agent, lister and New Haven’s other delegate to the Mount Abraham board.
Finally, under Article 13, townspeople will discuss a contentious proposal to change  zoning for a parcel of land near Belden Falls Road and Route 7.

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