Town Meeting Preview 2015: Weybridge

WEYBRIDGE — Weybridge residents at their town meeting will be asked to approve some charter changes that would allow the local selectboard to appoint its town clerk, treasurer, road commissioner and assistant road commissioner currently they are elected by residents. This means that the person or people taking these positions would no longer have to reside in the town of Weybridge; they would be appointed and receive an hourly wage.
Residents will also weigh in on whether wine and beer licenses should be granted in the town, and whether liquor can be sold in the community.
Another article on the ballot asks voters if they’d like to eliminate the office of town auditor, with the understanding the selectboard will contract with a public accountants to perform the annual financial audit of the town’s books.
Weybridge voters will be asked to approve a 2015-2016 highway budget of $397,710, which is down slightly from the $400,210 endorsed by residents last year. The general fund proposal comes in at $81,363, also down from the $98,838 approved by voters last year.
Other articles on the Weybridge town meeting warning seek:
•  $20,000 for the local fire department.
•  $13,000 to continue the municipal recycling program.
•  $75,000 to repave approximately half a mile of town highway.
•  $38,000 to apply toward the cost of establishing a sidewalk between Weybridge and Middlebury on the Pulp Mill Bridge on Seymour Street. The town of Middlebury is also contributing toward the project.
•  A combined total of $21,019 for various Addison County-based social service agency programs.
Weybridge residents will face a proposed school spending plan of $1,098,470, which would be a 5.35-percent increase compared to this year. The budget would drive a K-12 homestead education property tax rate jump from the current $2.029 to $2.087, reflecting a 2.38-percent increase.
The budget reflects no significant increases in programs. Weybridge currently serves 54 students.
There are no contested elections on the Weybridge ballot this year. Running unopposed are Spence Putnam, one year, as town moderator; Gwendolyn Nagy-Benson, two years, selectboard; Bruce Paquin, three years, selectboard; Jamie Northrup and Christopher Eaton, two years and three years, respectively, on the local school board; and Michelle Bayliss, three years, UD-3 school board.
Weybridge’s annual meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 2, at Weybridge Elementary School. Australian ballot voting will take place the next day, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the town clerk’s office.

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