Town Meeting 2021 results

ADDISON COUNTY — Here are the results of Addison County’s Town Meeting Day votes. ADDISON Addison on Tuesday chose an incumbent over a challenger for a seat on the selectboard in a close race and approved all proposed spending measures, all in Australian balloting conducted on Tuesday. Addison was the only town in the county to hold an in-person meeting this week — it was an informational meeting on Monday evening at the Addison Town Hall. In the midst of a snowstorm fewer than 10 masked citizens showed up … (read more)

Ripton advances in bid to leave the ACSD

RIPTON — The town of Ripton’s quest to withdraw from the Addison Central School District will now advance to the State Board of Education. This comes after the Ripton’s bid to become its own independent school district earned an endorsement on Tuesday fro … (read more)

Thomas outpolls Hooper for Middlebury selectboard

MIDDLEBURY — Esther Thomas on Tuesday defeated Andy Hooper, 812-633, in the race for a one-year term on the Middlebury selectboard. Meanwhile, incumbent selectboard members Farhad Khan (1,286 tallies) and Lindsey Fuentes-George (1,281) both ran unopposed … (read more)

Hescock, Noble, Conlon win seats on ASCD board

MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central School District voters went to the polls on Tuesday to elect three new board members and return an incumbent to office. In one of two contested ACSD board elections, incumbent board member (and former Chairman) Peter Conlon to … (read more)

Rakowski joins Huizenga, Hawley on city council

VERGENNES — Former Addison Northwest School District Board Chair Susan Rakowski was the top vote getter in Tuesday’s five-way contest for three seats on the Vergennes City Council. Two incumbents also retained their seats, but a multi-term councilor fell … (read more)

Town Meeting ’21: No cookies

BRISTOL — Perhaps the shortest way to draw a contrast between last year’s “normal” town meeting in Bristol and this year’s virtual information-only meetings is to cite the following statement, which was uttered on Zoom Monday night: “You’re muted.” Those … (read more)

Voters approve school budgets

ADDISON COUNTY — Local school district budgets for the upcoming academic year all passed easily in Australian balloting on Tuesday, with percentage margins ranging from 57% support in the Otter Valley Unified Union School District to 76% backing in the Ad … (read more)

Editorial: Town meeting reflections

RIPTON’S CHOICE: A LESSON IN CIVIC ENGAGEMENT The decision by Addison Central Supervisory Union district voters to allow Ripton to withdraw from the district is a lesson in civic engagement, studious work and diligence on the part of proponents, and trust … (read more)

Vermonters get a new tool to estimate their education property tax bills

MONTPELIER — The Vermont Department of Taxes has created an education property tax estimator tool for the 2021-2022 property tax year (FY22). The tool was created to help taxpayers understand the impact of their budget vote on Town Meeting Day and to help … (read more)

Town Meeting 2021 preview

ADDISON COUNTY — Here’s what’s on the docket for each of Addison County’s town meetings.  ADDISON Most Vermont towns will hold their annual town meetings online with voting on all issues and candidates via Australian ballot. Addison is the exception to re … (read more)

Ripton’s fate lies with ACSD voters

RIPTON — You’ll forgive Ripton residents this year for being more preoccupied by their neighbors’ town meeting results than their own. That’s because residents in Bridport, Cornwall, Middlebury, Salisbury, Shoreham and Weybridge on March 2 will decide whe … (read more)

Five vie for three city council seats

VERGENNES — Vergennes residents are seeing another crowded ballot for the city council, with three incumbents facing two challengers for two-year terms. The top three vote-getters in the five-way race will win seats. Former councilor Matt Chabot is alone … (read more)

ANWSD now projects lower taxes

VERGENNES — On Tuesday, the Addison Northwest School District residents will weigh in on a $21.6 million 2021-2022 (FY22) school spending plan that comes in at about $238,400 less than the district spending level they backed this past March. And, accordin … (read more)

ACSD education tax rates revised downward

MIDDLEBURY — It’s a yearly, late-January disclaimer from school budget preparers when district spending plans have to be put to bed in order to meeting the annual town meeting warning deadline: “These figures could change by Town Meeting Day, depending on … (read more)

Kramer raises $7k for ACSD board race

CORNWALL — Campaign finance records filed with the Vermont Secretary of State on Feb. 20 show that Addison Central School District board candidate Chris Kramer had raised $7,025 and spent $6,257 in his effort to win a three-year seat representing Cornwall … (read more)