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LINCOLN — Lincoln residents will assemble in Burnham Hall on Monday, March 6, at 6 p.m. for the annual town meeting.
Articles to be voted on the floor include $1,360,885 in town spending and $2,101,791 in spending for Lincoln Community School.
The Lincoln selectboard is asking voters to approve Highway Fund expenditures of $1,023,935, a 4.65 percent increase ($45,490) over last year’s budget of $978,445.
Proposed General Fund expenditures are 1.27 percent lower than last year’s. This year’s proposed General Fund budget is $336,950, compared to $341,269 for last year.
Requests for funds to support the Lincoln Cooperative Preschool, Lincoln Library, Lincoln Sports and Lincoln Volunteer Fire Company are the same as 2016. The $7,500 request for the Bristol Rescue Squad is up $1,500 from last year. This year’s budget also includes $5,000 for the Lincoln Cemetery Association and $200 for the Lincoln Conservation Commission to use for invasive species control.
Funds for area nonprofits are the same as last year’s, with the exception of increases in the amounts proposed for Addison County Transit Resources ($1,170 compared to $870 last year) and to Hospice Volunteer Services ($650 compared to $500 last year).
Other articles to be voted from the floor Monday night include authorizing $75,000 from the Town Capital Plan Fund Balance to renovate the old town shed at 593 East River Road to store town highway equipment and supplies.
With voters in the five towns approving district unification in last November’s election, this is the last year that Lincoln residents will vote the Lincoln Community School budget from the floor of the annual school meeting.
The proposed 2017-2018 spending plan of $2,101,791 represents a 5.16 decrease from the $2,216,122 approved for 2016-2017. The proposed $2,109,132 to be raised by taxes represents an increase of 9.75 percent over 2016-2017.
Lincoln residents will select town and school officers and vote on the $12,261,839 Mount Abraham Union High School budget by Australian ballot on Town Meeting Day. Voting will take place at Burnham Hall from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Mount able spending represents an 8.42 percent decrease from the current academic year. That budget includes $1 million to fix the aging Mount Abe building.
Lincoln has two contested election. Alan Kamman is challenging incumbent Will Sipsey for moderator, and Matthew Collins is challenging Mark Truax for second constable. Those running unopposed include incumbents Bill Finger and Oakley Smith for selectboard, Sally Ober for town clerk, and Lisa Truchon for town treasurer. Scott Bernoudy, Christie Sumner and Sandra Lee are running unopposed for school director positions.

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