Windsor Budgets Pass; Ciccarelli Wins
Windsor — Former Selectman Justin Ciccarelli, who left the board last year when he briefly moved out of town, won back a seat in Tuesday’s Town Meeting vote.
Ciccarelli received 192 votes, with Mike McNaughton getting 155 and Thomas Dunn 114 for the three-year seat that was held by longtime Selectman John Tansey, who did not seek re-election.
Voters overwhelmingly passed all the articles on the warning, including the town budget of nearly $4.3 million, 331-166, and school budget of $9.4 million, 312-192.
On a 365-127 vote, residents, also granted the Selectboard authorization, to borrow up to $3 million over the next five to 10 years for upgrades and repairs to roads, sidewalks, and drainage systems. Town Manager Tom Marsh said before the vote that the money would not be borrowed all at once. Rather, approval gives the board authority to borrow what it needs over time and would help the town to keep ahead of infrastructure repairs.
Eleven separate articles appropriating funds to different agencies and organizations all passed easily, including $68,500 for the library, $16,878 for visiting nurse and hospice care, $12,500 for Historic Homes of Runnemede and $3,000 for Southeastern Vermont Community Action.
Reached Tuesday night, Ciccarelli said the public’s strong support of the articles shows they are pleased with the town’s direction.
“A lot of people see the good that is going on and want to see it continue. We have good people here who are on the same page and there is no infighting,” Ciccarelli said.
As for his win, Ciccarelli thought his name recognition helped, as did his previous work on the board.
“I have helped do a lot of good things since 2007. We are in a different place today,” he said.
Ciccarelli also thanked his opponents and their interest in serving the town.
“It is always good to have more than one person running,” he said.
The approved town spending is expected to add 4 cents to the municipal tax rate, bringing it to $1.20 per $100 of assessed valuation. The approved school budget will increase the school tax rate by 7 cents to $1.46
Combined, Tuesday’s action will add an estimated $220 in annual taxes on a property assessed at $200,000.
Incumbent Selectman Jeff White and incumbent School Board members Amy McMullen, Randall Rupp and Sherrie Greeley were elected in uncontested races.
Turnout was around 500, or 17 percent of the 2,944 registered voters.