2018 Weybridge town meeting preview

WEYBRIDGE — Weybridge residents at their town meeting will decide a contested race for library trustee and will be asked to create a special fund to support future energy saving initiatives for the community. The energy fund would be bankrolled through an additional penny on the municipal tax rate over a period of four years. The fund would be overseen by the Weybridge Energy Committee, though any expenditures would have to be green-lighted by the town selectboard.
The Weybridge town meeting begins at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 5, at the Weybridge Elementary School. Australian ballot voting on Tuesday runs from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at the town clerk’s office.
Residents will be asked to support a fiscal year 2019 highway budget of $509,119, up slightly from the $500,119 being spent for such services this year.
The proposed general fund budget comes in at $126,123, down slightly from this year’s spending plan of $126,358.
Other articles on the Weybridge warning seek:
•  $25,000 to help support the Weybridge Fire Department.
•  $13,000 to continue the community’s volunteer recycling program.
•  $5,000 to create a maintenance fund for town-owned buildings.
•  A combined total of $25,075 for various Addison County social services agencies.
•  Clarification of the town’s property tax payment schedule. Taxes are due by Oct. 15 of each year. Taxes paid later than that are assessed an 8-percent delinquent fee, plus a 1-percent charge per month for the first three months of delinquency and 1.5 percent per month thereafter.
In the lone contested race on this year’s ballot, Diane Dapolito, Phyllis Bowdish and T. Charles Jordon are vying for one available five-year term on the library board of trustees.
Running unopposed for offices are Spencer Putnam, town moderator, one year; Bruce Paquin, selectboard, two years; and Daniel James, selectboard, three years.
Weybridge residents are part of the consolidated Addison Central School District that delivers K-12 public education to seven Middlebury-area towns. Those residents will vote on a 2018-2019 ACSD budget of $36,762,479, which reflects a 1.32-percent spending decrease, the elimination of more than 20 full-time-equivalent jobs, and a spending rate of $16,907.29 per equalized pupil.
The town of Weybridge is among the Addison County communities served by the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center. So residents will vote on a proposed 2018-2019 Career Center budget of $3,498,524, which reflects a spending rate of $21,466 per full-time equivalent student. That FTE student spending rate is 6.47 percent higher than this year’s.
Four candidates are running at-large for the ACSD board. All are unopposed. The candidates are incumbent Peter Conlon of Cornwall, Devina Desmarais and Margaret “Peg” Martin of Middlebury, and Jori Jacobeit of Shoreham.

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