City councilors set budget, lower tax rate

VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council on Tuesday dropped a penny from the municipal portion of the Vergennes tax rate for the upcoming 2021-2022 fiscal year, lowering it from the 92 cents of the past two years to 91 cents per $100 of assessed property value.Councilors also adopted a general fund budget — exclusive of the sewer collection and treatment system, which is funded by user fees — that lowers spending from the current year by about $48,700 to $2,719,557.The council also chose to use $109,750 of a … (read more)

Career Center budget reduces spending

MIDDLEBURY — Voters in 17 Addison County towns on March 2 will weigh in on a 2021-2022 spending plan of $3,829,301 for the Patricia Hannaford Career Center (PHCC). The proposal represents a 0.92% decrease ($35,450) from the current year’s budget. Career C … (read more)

MAUSD seeks $31.7 million for next year

BRISTOL — On Town Meeting Day, March 2, voters in the Mount Abraham Unified School District will be asked to approve $31,753,310 in K-12 educational spending for fiscal year 2022, which begins July 1. The budget reflects a total spending increase of $354, … (read more)

ANWSD plan would reduce spending

VERGENNES — Voters in the Addison Northwest School District on March 2 will vote on a $21.6 million 2021-2022 (FY22) school budget that comes in at about $238,400 less than spending ANWSD residents approved for this year. The ANWSD board OK’d the spending … (read more)

Vergennes-area towns float budgets

VERGENNES AREA — Selectboards in the towns surrounding Vergennes have generally held the purse strings tight in making Town Meeting Day budget proposals, while March 2 warnings are also dotted with articles seeking support for trucks, reserve funds, and i … (read more)

ACSD board approves $40 million budget proposal for next year

MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central School District residents on March 2 will cast ballots on a proposed 2021-2022 budget of $40,352,941, which would result in education spending of $18,936.57 per equalized pupil — a 0.34% increase compared to this year. The ACS … (read more)

Ferrisburgh proposed budget includes two big ticket items

FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard on Tuesday adopted a proposed budget and a Town Meeting Day warning with 10 articles, including two that would increase town spending with major equipment purchases. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the warning also … (read more)

Brandon board keeps property taxes in check

BRANDON — Next year’s proposed Brandon town budget will please budget-conscious taxpayers as it features a decrease in expenditures and almost no increase in taxes. The Brandon Select Board Monday night approved a $3,244,020 budget for fiscal year 2021-22 … (read more)

Middlebury sets virtual budget hearing, vote

MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Jan. 12 will hold a virtual public hearing on a draft fiscal year 2022 municipal spending plan of $11,724,999. If endorsed by voters it would add 2.23 cents to the current municipal tax rate of 80.3 cents per $10 … (read more)

ACSD continues to refine FY22 budget

MIDDLEBURY — The latest 2021-2022 budget draft for Addison Central School District calls for $40.3 million in spending — less than a 1% boost compared to this year — but would require homestead education property tax rate hikes ranging from 11 cents per $ … (read more)

ACSD budget creeps above state threshold

MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central School District board is reviewing a first draft 2021-2022 preK-12 budget of $40,171,572 that reflects a 0.51% increase in spending and the elimination of seven teaching positions at the elementary school level. But the bu … (read more)

New ANWSD budget plan further reduces spending

VERGENNES — Faced with a Dec. 1 Vermont Department of Taxes prediction of a statewide school-tax increase of 9%, Addison Northwest School District administrators presented a new draft budget to the ANWSD board on Monday that cut another roughly $140,000 f … (read more)

Ferrisburgh eyes capital funding plan

FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard is looking at fast-tracking a new long-term budgeting plan for the town. What the board is eyeing is known as a capital improvement program, or capital planning. Members hope to form a committee as soon as possibl … (read more)

Wages, benefits driving Middlebury spending

MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard after Thanksgiving will begin its review of a fiscal year 2022 municipal spending plan that features an almost $300,000 increase being pushed by fixed and contracted costs. Middlebury Town Manager Kathleen Ramsay sa … (read more)

Regulator says no to Porter budget

MIDDLEBURY — In a move that could have dire long-term consequences for Addison County’s nursing home, the Green Mountain Care Board (GMBC) on Tuesday rejected Porter Hospital’s request for a 5.75% increase in its commercial rate as part of its fiscal year … (read more)