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WEYBRIDGE — Weybridge residents at their town meeting next week will decide a contested race for their selectboard and determine whether to borrow up to $50,000 over five years toward the purchase of a new, one-ton truck.
The one race involves T. Charles Jordan and Alix O’Meara, who are competing for a two-year spot on the selectboard.
Those running unopposed include Donald Mason, three years, selectboard; Spencer Putnam, one year, town moderator; Joan Jordan, five years, library trustee; and Jamie Northrup and Eric Bowdish for 10-month terms on the local elementary school board.
That local school board will go out of existence at the end of this year as the unified Addison Central School District board gradually assumes all responsibilities for K-12 public education throughout the ACSD.
Residents will be asked to spend $500,119 for highway department expenses during fiscal year 2018, up from the $413,436 approved last year.
The general fund request comes in at $126,358, a roughly $6,000 jump compared to this year’s $119,913 spending plan.
Other articles on the town meeting warning seek:
•  $25,000 for the local fire department.
•  $13,000 to subsidize the local volunteer recycling program.
•  A combined total of $23,575 for various Addison County social service programs.
For the first time in many decades, Weybridge residents will not decide a local school budget on their town meeting day. They — along with other voters in the newly unified Addison Central School District (ACSD) — will instead decide a K-12 budget for the entire seven-town district.
The proposed ACSD budget for 2017-2018 calls for approximately $37.7 million in spending to cover the combined operating costs for all nine district schools. The budget reflects $30,428,802 in net, local education spending, which represents a 0.60-percent decrease compared to this year, according to ACSD officials.
Weybridge’s homestead education property tax rate is projected to decline from the current $1.94 per $100 in property value to $1.76, according to the ACSD budget documents.
Weybridge’s annual meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 6, at the Weybridge Elementary School. Australian ballot voting will occur the next day, at the town clerk’s office, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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