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Hinesburg voters OK budget items, recognize departing town administrator

Mon, 2014-03-03 23:46
In a meeting notable for its relatively short duration of two hours, voters approved a budget of $3,072,060, up 1.4 percent from the current fiscal year.

Grand Isle heats up in town-meeting discussion

Mon, 2014-03-03 23:43
Grand Isle voters were clear Monday night: They oppose a plan by the Selectboard for a $3,775,000 bond issue for a new town center to house the municipal offices, library and town garage.

Westford votes for committee to study school options

Mon, 2014-03-03 23:34
Residents made it clear from the start of Monday's standing-room-only three-hour-plus school meeting that they feel strongly about their local school. The only question was how to express their feelings for a school that draws accolades but faces declining enrollment and rising taxes. That came down to subtleties.

South Burlington candidates look toward future development

Mon, 2014-03-03 23:15
Monday's informational meeting at Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School began with presentations about the proposed school and city budgets and ballot items, which about 70 people attended. About 50 of them stayed for the candidate forum.

Essex passes $11.3M town budget, thanks longtime Selectboard chairwoman

Mon, 2014-03-03 23:08
Selectboard Chairwoman Linda Myers received a standing ovation at the town meeting here Monday night, ending a 13-year run on the board that followed 17 years of service by her late husband, Marty. The town budget of $11.3 million passed on a voice vote, but not before a lengthy discussion about whether $50,000 should be added to the budget as an additional payment on a fire truck.

Shelburne airs paving, development issues

Mon, 2014-03-03 22:55
Two controversial ballot proposals in Shelburne - the paving of Pond Road, and the call for a townwide vote for changes to the Town Plan - garnered ample air-time at Monday night's town meeting.

Bolton's meeting is short and sweet

Mon, 2014-03-03 22:40
Town meetings don't get much quicker than this one. Attendance wasn't bad though -- about 80 people filled the Smilie Memorial School gym.

Winooski residents discuss city, school budgets at Monday evening meeting

Mon, 2014-03-03 22:30
About 30 people ventured out on a bitterly cold Monday night to Winooski's annual meeting to hear the details of proposed school and city budgets that will be voted on Tuesday by secret ballot.

Small crowd queries Milton officials on budgets

Mon, 2014-03-03 21:45
Christie and Willie Mitchell came to the high school Monday night ready to ask questions of town and school officials about the budgets that voters will approve or reject Tuesday.

Vermont store owners get the skinny at the Statehouse

Mon, 2014-03-03 18:15
A group of store owners gathered Thursday in the Statehouse, where they heard from the state's top power brokers about what to expect from the Legislature this year. Namely: The bag tax is a long shot, paid sick leave is pretty much dead, but raising the minimum wage is for real.

Vermont House working on ethics rules

Mon, 2014-03-03 16:59
In December, the Campaign for Vermont suggested that Vermont mistakes accessibility to government officials with transparency about who they are and what interests they might represent. The need for more ethical specifics for government officials has been simmering for a while - at least among some House members. Some want to disclose where legislators' incomes come from.

Shumlin skips his own town meeting for others

Mon, 2014-03-03 16:23
Gov. Peter Shumlin will visit two towns' meetings today - Richmond and Georgia, according to his schedule.

Vermont House committee to host public hearing on education March 11

Mon, 2014-03-03 11:42
The House Education Committee will hold a public hearing next week on proposed changes to the structure of Vermont's school districts.

Vermont Health Connect customers can now pay online

Mon, 2014-03-03 10:33
The payment function became operational on Saturday afternoon after the website had been down since Friday night to allow for fixes and addition of the new pay feature, said Lawrence Miller, secretary of commerce and community development.

Waterbury to vote on bond for municipal complex

Sun, 2014-03-02 18:03
For the second time in less than a year, Waterbury residents will vote on whether to borrow money to build a municipal complex that would include new space for the town offices destroyed in 2011 by the floodwaters of Tropical Storm Irene.

Vermont lawmakers consider repeal of some bottle deposits

Sat, 2014-03-01 12:07
MONTPELIER Vermont redemption centers and environmental advocates are opposing a legislative measure that would repeal the deposit on 1-liter or larger liquor bottles and beverages containers as part of an effort to move the state closer to a single-strea

Leahy to bring Senate panel to Vermont for heroin hearing

Fri, 2014-02-28 14:19
U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., says the Judiciary Committee will be holding a field hearing in Vermont regarding the fight against heroin and opiate addiction. The hearing is planned for March 17 at the Franklin Conference Center at the Howe Center in Rutland.

Senate backs child care union bill

Thu, 2014-02-27 17:02
The Senate voted 22-8 to give preliminary approval to a bill that would allow child care providers to unionize to negotiate subsidy rates with the state.

Vermont lawmakers ponder Lake Champlain cleanup details

Thu, 2014-02-27 16:23
Vermont lawmakers are considering tax increases for rooms, meals, liquor, wine and rental vehicles as part of a funding package that would be used to help clean up Lake Champlain.

Inspectors of 8-bed psychiatric hospital site one record-keeping deficiency

Thu, 2014-02-27 16:19
Federal inspectors identified a single area of deficiency in record-keeping at the Green Mountain Psychiatric Care Center in Morrisville during a visit that is part of an evaluation to grant federal certification to the eight-bed facility.