Board OKs waste budget (4/30/09)

April 30, 2009

The Williston Selectboard last week approved a $9 million operating budget for the Chittenden Solid Waste District.

The vote came after Tom Moreau, the district’s general manager, gave an overview of operating and capital expenditures for the 2009-10 fiscal year. The spending plan represents a 0.8 percent decrease from the previous year’s budget.

Williston is just one of the 18 municipalities that must vote on the CSWD budget. A majority of the communities must sign off on the budget, which has already been approved by the waste district’s board.

In previous years, the budget has won easy passage. This year, Moreau had said the budget might face opposition because of a 25 percent rate increase imposed on trash haulers, a portion of which could be passed on to consumers.

But the Williston Selectboard did not question the rate increase. Mike Coates, the town’s representative on the CSWD board, said last week that opposition from other communities has been limited.

— Greg Elias, Observer staff