Monkton Town Meeting Preview 2019

MONKTON — Monkton will hold its annual town meeting at the Monkton Central School on Saturday, March 2, at 10 a.m. Voting by Australian ballot to elect town officers, and to approve the unified school district and regional technical school budgets, will take place at the Monkton Fire Station on Tuesday, March 5, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Voters are asked to approve $906,172 in highway spending for fiscal year 2020, an 8.8 percent increase.
Proposed spending on salaries and general expenses, if approved, would increase by 3.3 percent to $357,431.
Capital funds and voter appropriations, along with spending for the Monkton Fire Department and Russell Memorial Library, would, if approved, total $196,582, a 2.5 percent decrease from last year.
The Monkton selectboard also asks voters to approve up to $146,000 for the purchase of a tandem dump truck for winter road maintenance.
Another article asks voters to consider the possibility of creating a Town Energy Fund.
John McNerney (two-year term) and Marikate Kelley (three-year term) are running unopposed to keep their selectboard seats.
Also running unopposed is Kristin Blanchette, who hopes to succeed Jennifer Stanley to one of Monkton’s two seats on the Mount Abraham Unified School District (MAUSD) board.
MAUSD has scheduled its own annual meeting for Feb. 26. On Town Meeting Day, Monkton residents voting on town business will also, along with residents of four other school district towns, be asked to adopt a $30,950,235 MAUSD budget — an 8.17 percent increase per equalized pupil.

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