• Washington Town Meeting Day Preview
    February 26,2013


    Municipal budget

    $579,937 — $2,010, or 0.34 percent, less than this year’s budget of $581,947.

    Budget includes $5,000 to pay for a part-time assistant for Town Clerk and Treasurer Carol Davis. Voters will set the amount to be raised in taxes on the floor of town meeting. Last year that figure was $421,836.

    School budget

    $2,168,833 — $184,745, or 9.3 percent, more than this year’s budget of $1,984,088.

    Budget reflects a 97,748 increase in special education expenses, a $40,000 increase in contracted services for students with special needs who don’t qualify for special education, and a $29,067 spike in health insurance costs. It also calls for spending $63,188 less on tuition for high school students and reflects a $25,428 reduction associated with a decision to shift the cost of a half-time social worker to the budget for the Orange North Supervisory Union.

    Special articles

    Shall the voters of the town of Washington appropriate $59,732 for the operation of the Washington Volunteer Fire Department?

    Shall the voters of the town of Washington appropriate $37,404 to cover the town’s ambulance contract with Barre Town Emergency Medical Services?

    Shall the voters of the town of Washington appropriate $5,000 for the capital improvement program at Washington Village School?

    Shall the voters of the town of Washington appropriate $9,000 for the ONWARD program?

    Contested races

    There are no contested races in Washington this year, but voters will elect their first new moderator in 13 years and one new member to the school board.

    Veteran Moderator Robert Sherman has decided to step down this year and will be replaced by Harry Roush, and Jennifer Trombly is running to fill the school board vacancy created by Melissa Huntington’s midyear resignation. Selectman Donald Milne and school board Chairwoman Jill Bressette are among the other candidates who are running unopposed.

    Meeting location

    Washington voters will gather for a floor meeting in the auditorium of Washington Village School at 2 p.m. on March 5 to consider municipal and school budget requests and tend to most other town and school business. Election of town and school officials will be by Australian ballot. Polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Washington Village School.

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