Cornwall Town Meeting Preview 2019

CORNWALL — This year’s Cornwall town meeting is shaping as a routine affair, with no local contested elections and fairly basic increases pitched for highway and general services.
The selectboard is requesting a fiscal year 2020 general fund budget of $489,842, up from the current spending plan of $473,329. The highway fund request comes in at $452,968, up from the $404,975 the voters authorized last year. The state has promised to bankroll $65,00 of the proposed highway spending, leaving $387,965 to be absorbed by taxpayers.
Other requests on Cornwall’s 2019 town meeting agenda include:
•  $77,000 for the Cornwall Volunteer Fire Department.
•  $4,000 for the Cornwall Free Library.
•  A combined total of $30,020 in contributions to Addison County-based nonprofits that provide services to Cornwall residents.
Running unopposed in local elections this year include Magna Dodge, for three years on the selectboard; Ben Wood, for a two-year term on the selectboard; Dennis Rheaume, one year as town constable; Rodney Cadoret, one year as collector of delinquent taxes; and Todd Kinkaid, two years as lister.
The ballot lists no candidates for town moderator (one year), and for a two-year term on the Cornwall Library Board. There are also no takers for terms of one year and three years on the Cornwall Planning Commission.
Cornwall will get to weigh in on a five-person race for three Middlebury seats on the Addison Central School District board. That race for the those three-year seats involves incumbents James Malcolm, Lorraine Gonzalez Morse, Steve Orzech, and challengers Betty Kafumbe and Ryan Torres.
Local voters will also cast ballots for ACSD board candidates Amy McGlashan and Mary Cullinane, running unopposed for three-year terms representing Ripton and Weybridge, respectively.
Proposed 2019-2020 spending for Cornwall’s Bingham Memorial School will be reflected in a global Addison Central School District budget that voters will field on March 5. That budget proposal is for $37,794,916 to fund Middlebury Union middle and high schools, the ACSD central office and the seven member elementary schools in Bridport, Cornwall, Middlebury, Ripton, Salisbury, Shoreham and Weybridge. The proposed ACSD budget reflects a 1.9-percent increase in local education spending and a 3.35-percent boost in spending per equalized pupil, compared to the current year.
If approved, the budget is expected to results in an education property tax rate of $1.6482 for Cornwall, up from the current $1.57, according to the ACSD’s fiscal year 2020 budget book.
Cornwall town meting will take place at the Bingham School on Monday, March 4, at 6:30 p.m. Australian ballot voting will take place the following day at Cornwall Town Hall, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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