NORTHFIELD — Breaking with standard practice again this year, Northfield will hold its town meeting a day before most Vermont communities, on Monday, at 6:30 p.m. at the Northfield Middle and High School.  The town voted last year to move town meeting to the day before to give more people, especially those who work, a chance to attend. Voters agree to extend the change of day for a period of three years to allow residents to get use to the change.  The town budget warning calls for general fund spending in fiscal 2019 of $4.571 million, of which $2.855 million would be raised by taxes and $1.715 million from other sources of revenue. General fund spending paid for by taxes would increase by about $162,000 or 6 percent on the current year. It would mean a property tax rate increase of 5.7 cents.   Ballot articles call for an additional $79,950, bringing the total request for the town budget to $2.935 million, compared with $2.752 million this year, an increase of 6.7 percent. If everything on the town ballot passes, that would mean a tax increase of $114 on a home worth $200,000.   On the school ballot, the Central Vermont Unified Union School District Board proposes to spend $17.352 million in fiscal 2019. It will result in education spending of $14,774 per equalized pupil. Because this is the first year of operations for the new unified school district, the projected spending per equalized pupil cannot be compared to a previous year.  The school district also has separate articles asking for $75,000 to buy a new generator for the Williamstown Elementary School, and $40,000 to put into a school district capital improvement fund.  Other articles on the town ballot include: $25,000 toward the $35,000 cost to buy a 49-acre parcel at the summit of Paine Mountain to add to the town forest, with the remaining $10,000 coming from fundraising and donations; $12,400 for Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice;  up to $21,000 toward the cost of the Northfield-Montpelier commuter bus service; $3,000 for the Central Vermont Council on Aging; $2,800 for the Good Samaritan Haven homeless shelter in Barre; $2,500 for Washington County Mental Health Services; $2,500 for the Washington County Diversion Program; $1,200 for Central Vermont Adult Basic Education; $1,200 for People's Health and Wellness Clinic; $1,000 for Capstone Community Action; $1,000 for Good Beginnings of Vermont; $1,000 for the Circle (formerly Battered Women's Services); and $1,000 for the Vermont Center for Independent Living. Voters will also be asked if they want the town to join the Central Vermont Internet community network.  Voters will be asked to vote on a number of town and school positions to be filled. On the Select Board, incumbent Selectman David Maxwell is seeking another term; incumbent Selectman Kenneth Goslant is also seeking another term and is being challenged by Brad Denny; and incumbent Ken Johnson is seeking another term but is being challenged by Nathaniel Miller. On the School Board, incumbent Sophia Bennett is seeking another term, running unopposed. No one is running for another open school board position or for the school clerk positionKim Pedley is running unopposed as treasurer of the new school district and is also running unopposed for another term as town clerk. 

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