Efforts for a reduction in carbon-based energy usage have for the most part been focused on the Statehouse, but on Town Meeting Day many communities across Vermont pledged to embrace environmental action at the local level.
Voters in Pownal elected Bob Jarvis to a three-year Selectboard term Tuesday following the candidate’s campaign for personal liberty, property rights, local control, government transparency and a job-friendly business climate — a platform he said would serve to “take back Pownal.”
On Tuesday, voters in Bennington approved a $12.9 million municipal budget, said no to a mayoral form of government, and re-elected incumbents Jim Carroll and Donald Campbell to the Selectboard, among other items.
Carina Driscoll, who ran as an independent and has previously served as a former state legislator, school commissioner and city council member in Vermont, lost her bid for mayor of Burlington to the incumbent Democratic Mayor Miro Weinberger.
Mayor Miro Weinberger wins re-election, 72 percent of residents vote to approve $85 million school budget with 8 percent property tax increase, and voters say yes to more climate action and advising funding for affordable housing.
“If that were the only item on the ballot, then you would get almost 95 percent support. But look at the curve ball that was thrown.” Question 6 passed on Tuesday with 55 percent of the vote.
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.
“I represent a ward that definitely is divided on this question. There is a very strong camp of individuals who really are opposed to … a military presence at all, and then there’s another group of people who really want to have a military presence at the airport.”
“I have to ask you if it is correct that our general tax rate will be going up an estimated 28 percent? I’m just a little confused on where we’re supposed to be coming up with the extra monies from our pockets?”
“When the results of this election are tallied, a letter will go to the secretary of the Air Force, and the secretary of the Air Force will accept it and place it on file. The F-35s are coming.”
“The total budget for fiscal year ’19 is $6,697,988.77. … That’s about a $114,000 change to the budget, which represents a 1.8 percent increase in expenditures from prior year.”