June 22, 2018

On the Town Meeting Day ballot

Voting by Australian ballot will take place March 5 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Armory. Absentee ballots are available at the Town Clerk’s office. Voters can weigh in on the following ballot items.

  • Adopt an $8,845,370 municipal budget. The budget represents a 4.4 percent increase from last year and would boost the tax rate by a penny to 24 cents per $100 of value.
  • Authorize the construction of a new Public Works facility and related improvements including land acquisition expenses at a total cost not to exceed $5,900,000 and to borrow money by issuance of notes or bonds to be financed over a period not to exceed twenty (20) years.
  • Elect incumbent Jeff Fehrs to a two-year term on the Selectboard. Fehrs, like all other candidates, is running unopposed.
  • Elect incumbent Jay Michaud to a three-year term on the Selectboard.
  • Elect incumbent Gerry Huetz to the Board of Listers.
  • Elect Jude Hersey to fill out the remainder of a term as a Dorothy Alling Memorial Library trustee. Hersey was appointed in 2012 to replace Bo Tur, who moved out of Williston.
  • Elect Brian Goodwin to a three-year term as a library trustee. Goodwin replaces Liz Jordan-Shook, who has been on the board for eight years.
  • The third library trustee position, a five-year term, is vacant. Former candidate Kathleen DeLuca withdrew from the race, and Jeff Dannies is running as a write-in candidate. Dannies needs at least 30 write-in votes. Dannies would fill the spot vacated by Pat Mardeusz, a board member since 2001.
  • Elect incumbent Kevin Mara to a two-year term on the Williston School Board.
  • Elect newcomer Kevin Brochu to a three-year term on the Williston School Board. Brochu replaces Chairwoman Holly Rouelle, who has been on the board for seven years.
  • Elect incumbent Champlain Valley Union High School Board member Jeanne Jensen to a three-year term.
  • Elect incumbent Champlain Valley Union High School Board member Polly Malik to a three-year term.
  • Adopt a Williston School District budget of $17,468,262.
  • Borrow $218,000 to purchase two Williston school buses.
  • Issue an $88,000 bond for lighting upgrades to Allen Brook School.
  • Adopt a Champlain Valley Union High School budget of $22,038,941, a 2.86 percent increase from the 2012-2013 budget.
  • Borrow $210,000 to purchase two CVU school buses.
  • Issue bonds of $328,600 to finance a boiler conversion from oil to natural gas, HVAC controls conversion to allow more local control and energy-efficient lighting upgrades financed interest-free by Green Mountain Power. Immediate savings from each project will cover the cost of installation and, in the case of the lighting upgrades, save additional money, said CVU Board Chairman David Rath.
  • Allocate CVU’s current fund balance of $154,000 to use in the school’s budget.

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