Weybridge town meeting wrap-up 2018

WEYBRIDGE — Weybridge residents at their town meeting decided a contested race for library trustee and created a special fund to support future energy saving initiatives for the community.
Diane Dapolito was the community’s clear choice for a five-year term as library trustee. She earned 137 votes, compared to 25 for resident Phyllis Bowdish and 14 for T. Charles Jordon.
Residents heartily endorsed adding a penny on the municipal tax rate for the next four years to fund green energy initiatives within the community. The fund will be overseen by the Weybridge Energy Committee, though any expenditures will have to be green-lighted by the town selectboard.
Voters overwhelmingly supported a fiscal year 2019 highway budget of $509,119, and a general fund budget spending plan of $126,123.
Other articles earning voter support included:
•  $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 based social services agencies.
•  A 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.
There were no other contested elections on this year’s ballot.
Elected unopposed were 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. See separate story, this issue, on how the 2018-2019 ACSD and Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center budgets fared at the polls.

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