May 19, 2019

Around Town

Town sets tax rate

Homeowners will get a tiny reprieve on their property tax bills. 

During its June 15 meeting, the Selectboard set the municipal tax rate at .28 cents per $100 of value—half a cent lower than what was projected at Town Meeting in March, since the town’s grand list increased more than projected. The rate is a penny increase from last year’s rate.

That’s a municipal tax bill of $1,120 annually for a $400,000 home. The largest chunk of the property tax bill, however, comes from the education rate, typically released by the state on June 30 or July 1. 

Not all Williston taxpayers pay the same rate. Approximately half of homeowners qualify for income sensitivity, meaning they pay based on income rather than property value. 

Fourth of July volunteers needed

Williston is seeking residents to share in the Fourth of July celebration theme—“Community Begins Here”—by volunteering at one of the Independence Day events. The Recreation Department is looking for people to help out with the Fun Run on July 3 from 5-7 p.m., the parade lineup on July 4 from 9-11 a.m. and parking at the fireworks on July 4 from 6-8 p.m. Groups welcome. If you are interested, email the Recreation Department at recreation@willistonvt.org by July 1.

The library is also seeking volunteers for its annual book sale. See page 8 for details.

Building Block award nominations sought

United Way of Chittenden County invites individuals and organizations to nominate community volunteers for the 2015 Building Block Awards. These awards honor outstanding volunteers helping to address community needs in the areas of education, income and health.

The nomination deadline is Wednesday, July 8. To submit a nomination online, visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/2015BBAwardsNom.

Host a Fresh Air child

June 29 marks the beginning of Fresh Air summer experiences for thousands of inner-city children and their volunteer host families as The Fresh Air Fund kicks off its 139th summer of serving New York City children. The Fresh Air Fund is currently seeking more host families.

Fresh Air children are boys and girls, from 6 to 18 years old, who live in New York City. Children on first-time visits are 6 to 12 years old and stay for one or two weeks. 

For more information, contact Mary Sherman at 782-5426 or visit www.freshair.org.

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