MONTPELIER — The Capital City has finalized the ballot for Town Meeting Day on March 5.
Lauren Hierl is an uncontested candidate to replace District 1 Councilor Rosie Krueger, who announced late last year she would not seek re-election after one two-year term to allow for more personal time.
Hierl is the executive director of Vermont Conservation Voters, which works to make environmental protection a top priority for elected officials, candidates and voters.
In District 2, Jack McCullough is seeking election after being appointed to succeed Anne Watson, who successfully ran for mayor last year.
In District 3, Councilor Ashley Hill is seeking re-election after one two-year term.
Other candidates include:
Incumbents Steve Hitngen and Andrew Stein will run for 3-year terms as School Director. Stein was appointed last year to replace Peter Sterling, who left to spend more time with family. Incumbent Tammy Legacy is running for a 1-year term as School District Clerk, while Shelly Quin will run again for a 1-year term as School District Treasurer. The School District Moderator, and a 5-year term as the Green Mountain Cemetery Commissioner, will be determined by write-in candidates.
Incumbent Kassia Randzio will run for a 5-year term as a Parks Commissioner, while Shelby Perry will be on the ballot to fill out the last two years on a separate 5-year term. Kimberly Cheney will run for a 3-year term as an at-large board member on the Central Vermont Public Safety Authority.
Other ballot articles call for voters to approve include the municipal budget of nearly $15 million and the Montpelier-Roxbury Public School District budget of $24 million. Based on projected revenues, financing the proposed municipal budget would require raising just over $9.8 million in property taxes, an increase of 4.3 cents on the tax rate, or 3.9 percent.
For the owner of a median-priced home in Montpelier — $228,000 — it would mean paying an extra $92 in taxes.
When the school budget of $24 million is included — an increase of $620,512, or 2.6 percent — the residential property tax rate would rise 8 cents, or 3 percent overall. That would result in a total increase of $186 for a median-priced home in the city for a total annual property tax cost of $6,500 per median-priced home.
The ballot includes articles to approve the Kellogg-Hubbard Library full budget request of $350,471, and a request for voters to approve a charter change, requiring legislative approval, to “enact ordinances enforcing minimum efficiency standards and disclosure requirements for existing and new commercial and residential properties that are generally consistent with state, federal and other energy efficiency standards and reporting systems.”
An internet link to the ballot and a ballot for early voting will be available later this week.
Voting on March 5 is from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at City Hall.