Dorset voters approve all 21 town meeting articles

This article by Emily Gabert originally appeared March 6 in the Bennington Banner.

DORSET — Voters at Town Meeting approved all 21 articles on the warrant, including 16 appropriations to non-profit organizations. Those included $40,000 for the Dorset Nursing Association; $20,000 for the Dorset Library; and $15,000 for the Dorset Marble Preservation Association, to restore the town’s marble sidewalks.

Voters also approved, after extended debate, a request from the Green Mountain Club for $15,000 toward the cost of reconstructing the Bromley Observation Tower.

Results from Tuesday’s Australian ballot were not available as of deadline. There were no races on the ballot this year, as board chair Henry Chandler, vice chair Megan Thorn and select board member Liz Ruffa were running for re-election. Chandler sought a three-year term, while Thorn and Ruffa were both up for one-year terms.

Also up for a vote was a proposed $2.4 million budget, and a tax rate of 28.35 cents per $100 in assessed value. The proposed budget was $163,192 higher than last year’s. Roughly $95,000 of the increase will be going toward a town-wide property reappraisal, which is the first time in 14 years that the town has had to go through this process. About $25,000 of that budget will go toward a summer trail building internship that is run by the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps.

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