Addison Town Meeting results 2019
ADDISON — Addison residents in Tuesday Australian balloting returned incumbent Peter Briggs to the selectboard and backed all spending proposed by the selectboard, including two spending articles related to infrastructure.
Briggs, a two-term incumbent, farmer and former — and probably future — candidate for state representative and senator, earned a 140-82 victory over Alden Harwood, a selectboard member in the 1990s and former town zoning administrator.
Selectboard incumbent Steve Torrey was returned to the board without opposition, as were Town Clerk/Treasurer Marilla Webb, water commissioner Larry Blacklock and several other office holders.
In separate votes, residents backed general fund spending of $346,311 (164-57), highway spending of $764,136 (166-52), and individual charitable contributions that totaled $58,206.
Voters also supported two separate spending articles. A five-year loan to pay for a $125,000 culvert needed on Goodrich Corners Road passed, 173-48, and a 15-year loan to fund a new $175,000 salt-and-sand shed won approval, 163-61. Town officials said a new shed is necessary to meet state requirements.
Residents in Addison and the other four Addison Northwest School District communities on Town Meeting Day also voted, 672-665, in commingled balloting in favor of a 2019-2020 budget of $22,139,341 to fund the four ANWSD schools and the district’s share of Hannaford Career Center spending.
After a year of level district spending, that proposed budget will increase spending by about $1.03 million, or 4.89 percent.
They also voted in favor of putting funds from an earlier surplus in a capital reserve fund and other articles simplifying ANWSD operating procedures.
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