April 25, 2017

School budget revote May 7

The May 7 vote will be held as a drive-thru vote with three stops.

The May 7 vote will be held as a drive-thru vote with three stops.

A revote on the Williston School District budget is set for May 7 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. outside of the Armory.

The vote will be held as a drive-thru vote. Voters will enter at the Armory drive and exit by the police station. There will be three stops: first, to be checked off the checklist; second, to be handed a ballot, which voters fill out in their cars; finally, to drop the ballot in the box. There will also be a kiosk for anyone who wants to conduct a walk-in vote. In case of bad weather, the option of voting in the Armory will be kept open.

Residents can also vote anytime between now and May 7 at the Williston Town Hall.

The new proposed budget is a 3.8 percent increase from the 2012-2013 budget. The proposal is approximately $215,000 less than March’s failed budget, which represented a 5.1 percent increase over the 2012-2013 budget. The Williston School Board in April decided to remove an initiative that would have provided iPads for fifth and sixth graders from the second version of the budget.

On Town Meeting Day, residents voted against the proposed Williston School District budget of $17.5 million, defeating it 602-629.

For more information on the school budget, contact members of the Williston School Board, whose contact information is on page 5.

To see map of the drive-thru process, visit willistonobserver.com


  1. youngvt says:

    I am writing in response to Mr. Hoxworth’s article on transportation costs for the poor in Vermont. I would like to suggest further research on this topic before we simply just give another handout or tax credit. The poor, may, have a higher disproportionate burden on their transportation costs than the wealthier residents of Vermont; however, they also have a lower disproportionate burden on taxes and housing. Pick your evil.
    We can simply just give every poor Vermonter an energy efficient car, gas card, free tuition, renter’s rebate, etc.…but the only way out of poverty is through the combination of education, hard work, and discipline. Education and degrees are not handed out or purchased; a person has to EARN them. This seems to be the only way out of poverty—sorry, there are no shortcuts.
    If we continue this trend of enabling, our entire state will be a welfare state.

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