SALISBURY — Salisbury residents on Town Meeting Day approved all the money items on their ballot and filled several municipal and school board positions.
Residents voted 138-26 in favor of the proposed 2017-2018 general fund budget of $218,019, up from the $200,073 spending plan voters approved last year. They OK’d the proposed highway budget of $466,004 by a 126-38 tally. The highway budget is up from the $444,494 authorized last year.
In other Town Meeting Day action, Salisbury residents voted:
•  106 to 57 in favor of spending $7,900 to conduct a perimeter survey of the entire western portion of the municipal forest, including the dog-leg roadway leading to Plains Road.
•  152-12 in favor of allocating $36,000 to support the Salisbury Volunteer Fire Department.
•  128 to 35 in support of spending $19,000 to assist the Lake Dunmore/Fern Lake Association Milfoil Prevention Program.
•  To approve a combined total of $18,585 for various Addison County social service agencies.
The first ever Saturday afternoon town meeting was held on March 4. There were 87 people attending and most stayed for a potluck supper afterwards. For the first time in many decades, Salisbury residents did not decide a local elementary school budget at their annual school meeting. They — along with other voters in the newly unified Addison Central School District (ACSD) — instead decided a K-12 budget for the entire seven-town district.
The proposed ACSD budget for 2017-2018 called for approximately $37.7 million in spending to cover the combined operating costs of all 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.
Salisbury’s resulting homestead education property tax rate is projected to decline from the current $1.73 per $100 in property value to $1.632, according to the ACSD budget documents.
Running unopposed for local offices this year were Martha Sullivan, three years, selectboard; Tom Scanlon, two years, selectboard; Patrick J. Dunn, one year, selectboard; Susan Scott, one year, town clerk; and Mindy Goodrich, one year, collector of delinquent taxes.
Resident Jennifer Nuceder was also unopposed in her bid for a three-year term on the ACSD board. That board will eventually supplant all of the local school boards in the now-unified district. In the meantime, Salisbury had no takers for an abbreviated 10-month term for both its local school board and the UD-3 school board. Wayne Smith ran a successful write-in campaign (40 tallies) for a one-year term as moderator. Jay Torrey ran a successful write-in campaign for first constable. There were no takers for two years as lister; and terms of three years and two years as auditor; and one-year as town constable. 

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