October 28, 2016

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. Mary Martin says:

    I would like to explain the charges of unlawful restraint because it sounds really awful. No we didn’t hold anyone hostage. We were simply standing in front of some VT Gas/Michel’s trucks. They were in no way restrained. When the men decided to leave, they simply backed up and took off. The police have been hired by VT Gas and they sure do have a way of turning a phrase.

    Mr. Recchia refers to this action as a “last-ditch” attempt to scuttle the pipeline. Wrong again! This was far from our last attempt to bring sanity and reason to our state officials who refuse to listen or help.

    Nate Palmer and Kari Cuneo and their families are not the only land owners who have fought this immoral taking of their land. So many folks have lost that fight for lack of time and money. It’s quite intimidating to go before the Public Service Board and their team of lawyers, to sit down at a table filled with VT Gas attorneys and not have anyone to watch your back and advise you.

    When people are up against the wall, they fight back any way they can. Peaceful protests not only express our frustration but they help bring attention to what is happening to our friends and neighbors..

    So Mr. Recchia, we are not done!

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