Town Meeting preview: Hartford considers local option sales tax

Hartford voter Greg Balsam fills out his ballot in the Hartford High School gym in White River Junction, Vt., Tuesday, March 4, 2020. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Hartford voter Greg Balsam fills out his ballot in the Hartford High School gym in White River Junction, Vt., Tuesday, March 4, 2020. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. James M. Patterson

Published: 02-25-2024 11:34 AM

Articles of note: One article would add a new 1% local option sales tax and direct revenues to a capital reserve fund for the town. Separate articles ask whether voters support directing $200,000 of local option tax revenue to purchase an ambulance; $225,000 for improvements at Lyman Point Park; and $30,000 to beautify the town’s villages. Another article asks for a $1.3 million bond for improvements to the Quechee fire station.

Contested races:There are four people running for two two-year seats on the Selectboard: Susan M. Buckholz, Rocket, Brandon Smith and Aaron Warner. There are two people running for one three-year seat on the Selectboard: Patrick Francis Danaher and Ida Griesemer. There are two uncontested School Board seats up for election.

Budgets and spending articles: The School Board has rescinded its budget and delayed the vote. The proposed municipal budget is $21.4 million, of which $3.2 million is to come from non-tax revenue, $2 million from unassigned fund balance and the balance from taxes. Last year, Hartford voters approved a $19 million municipal budget.

When, where and how to vote:  A budget and candidates night is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Hartford High School auditorium. Annual town and school district meetings are scheduled for Saturday, March 2 at 10 a.m. in the Hartford High School gymnasium. Town Meeting will be held following the school meeting. Australian ballot voting is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, March 5 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Hartford High School gymnasium.

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