• Town Meeting Preview: Williamstown
    February 26,2013
     

    WILLIAMSTOWN



    Town budget

    $1,030,893 — $21,228, or 2.1 percent, more than this year’s budget of $1,009,665.

    Budget incorporates a $20,000 increase for the services of a part-time deputy from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department that was approved as a separate ballot item last year. If approved, the budget will require $731,012 in property tax support. That figure, which is the one that will be debated on the floor of town meeting, is up $20,763, or about 2.9 percent, over the $710,249 that was raised this year.



    Highway budget

    $940,701 — $2,200, or 0.2 percent, more than this year’s budget of $938,501.

    If approved, the budget will require $792,001 in property tax support. That figure, which is the one that will be debated on the floor of town meeting, is up $38,200, or about 5 percent, over the $753,801 that was raised this year.



    School budget

    $8,443,872 — $326,872, or 4 percent, more than this year’s budget of $8,117,000.

    Budget includes more than $147,000 in salary-related increases, as well as an additional $65,000 to cover increases tied to a negotiated benefits package, primarily health insurance. The cost of special education services is up $14,750, debt service for the middle school renovation project is down more than $9,500, transportation costs are essentially level funded, and the budget reflects a $58,000 spike in the cost of tuition for high school students enrolled in off-site vocational programs.



    Special articles

    Shall the voters of the town of Williamstown agree to bond for up to $2,507,640 to finance construction of a new public safety building on town-owned property on Meadow Street?

    Shall the voters of the town of Williamstown vote to create a “Town Hall Renovation Fund” using $40,000 of an audited general fund surplus?

    Shall the voters of the town of Williamstown vote to create a fund to stabilize the municipal tax rate in future years using $131,093 of an audited general fund surplus?

    Shall the voters of the town of Williamstown vote to appropriate $77,106 of an audited highway fund surplus to the road rehabilitation reserve fund?

    Shall the voters of the town of Williamstown approve a five-year tax exemption for a portion of the Brush Hill Road property owned by Summit Lodge 104 F&M and used exclusively by the fraternal organization?

    Shall the voters of the town of Williamstown vote by Australian ballot to appropriate $10,000 for the school’s capital improvement fund?

    Shall the voters of the town of Williamstown vote by Australian ballot to appropriate $5,000 for the school’s bus fund?

    Shall the voters of the town of Williamstown vote by Australian ballot to place $60,000 of an audited surplus in a technology reserve fund?

    Shall the voters of the town of Williamstown vote by Australian ballot to appropriate $40,000 of an audited surplus to the continued operation of the ONWARD program?

    Shall the voters of the town of Williamstown approve a nonbinding referendum encouraging state lawmakers to enact legislation designed to encourage and preserve local control of Vermont’s public schools?



    Contested races

    Williamstown voters will settle three contested races for seats on their Select Board on Town Meeting Day. Selectman Matt Rouleau and former board member Chris Peloquin are locked in a race for one three-year seat, and former board member Ed McGlynn and resident Adam Stone are both running for another. The other race is for a two-year board seat and pits Selectman Scott Vaillancourt against resident Mike Sprano.

    Town Clerk Barbara Graham tops a list of candidates who are running unopposed this year.



    Meeting location

    Williamstown voters will gather for a floor meeting in the gymnasium of Williamstown High School at 10 a.m. on March 5 to vote on most municipal money matters. Election of town and school officials, adoption of the school budget and all school money matters, as well as consideration of the $2.5 million bond issue for the proposed public safety building, will be by Australian ballot. Polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Williamstown High School.



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