ADDISON — In Australian balloting on March 7 Addison residents will decide whether to support municipal and Addison Northwest School District spending proposals. Addison’s town clerk’s office will be open that Tuesday from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. to accommodate voters.
There are no contested races on Addison’s Town Meeting Day ballot. Incumbent Selectmen Rob Hunt and Peter Briggs both filed for re-election without opposition, as did two listers and one auditor. In addition, auditor Pam Gevry opted not to run again after several years of service. Unless a successful write-in candidate emerges, the selectboard will seek an appointee.
There are also three vacancies for Addison school director on boards that will dissolve as the ANWSD takes full control of the newly unified district. No one filed before the deadline to fill two expiring terms on the Addison Central School board or to fill the expiring term of Addison representative Laurie Childers on the Vergennes Union High School board.
Childers reportedly has said she would like write-in support to return to the VUHS board. The selectboard can make appointments to the boards if necessary.
The selectboard proposed $322,799 in spending for the town’s general fund/administration budget for 2017, down from $325,260 for 2016.
The board is seeking voter approval for $742,565 in road spending, up about $10,000 from last year. Lease payments on a grader make up most of the difference, according to town officials.
Also to be decided in March 7 balloting is a total of $56,056 of requests from nonprofits that serve the town and county, up by about $4,500 from 2016.
The selectboard is proposing to use $37,253 of a surplus from 2016 to offset taxes.
Addison residents will join other ANWSD residents in voting on the proposed first-ever unified union budget of $21,116,289 to support the four ANWSD schools and its central office, plus the district’s share of the Hannaford Career Center budget.
That plan calls for a 1.68 percent increase over current district-wide ANWSD spending, but is less than the 2015-2016 district spending total of $21,159,752.
Late-spring actions by the Legislature could change statewide tax rates, but according to ANWSD estimates using rates initially recommended by state officials there could be a 14-cent decrease in Addison’s residential school tax rate if the proposed budget is adopted.
A 14-cent decrease, independent of the impact of any change in the municipal tax rate needed to support town services, translates to a $280 lower tax bill on a $200,000 home.
Addison residents will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 6, at Addison Central School to discuss town and school business.
There, Town Hall Committee Chairman John Spencer plans to update residents on the progress of the plan to renovate the historic former Town Hall on Route 22A not far from the central school and clerk’s office.
Those plans include a proposed communal septic system downslope from the Addison Four Corners area — on which a March 14 public meeting is planned at the town clerk’s office — and a land swap between the school district and town near the clerk’s office and school.
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