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Norwich voters elect Layton to another term

Staff report
Published: 3/2/2021 9:08:06 PM
Modified: 3/2/2021 9:08:04 PM

NORWICH — Residents approved town and school spending plans, while also voting to give incumbent Selectboard member Mary Layton another three-year term in Australian ballot voting Tuesday.

Layton received 550 votes to defeat challenger Pamela Smith, who won 364 votes. Marcia Calloway ran unopposed for a two-year term on the board, and Neil Odell was uncontested for the School Board.

Residents voted, 699-221, to OK a $4.78 million municipal budget that officials say would result in an additional $303 in taxes for a $500,000 house.

Plans to spend $30,000 to join six Upper Valley communities that contribute to a regional energy coordinator position were approved as well.

The 664-242 vote allows Norwich to contract with the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission for energy services shared with Barnard, Fairlee, Thetford, Sharon, Strafford and Woodstock.

On the school side, voters adopted a nearly $6.22 million budget for the Marion Cross School in a 665-277 vote. That amounts to a decrease of $9,765, or less than 0.1%, under the current spending plan.

The budget — combined with that of the School District — is expected to increase the tax rate by 3.2 cents per $100 of value. That’s an additional $160 on a home valued at $500,000, for residents not covered by Vermont’s income sensitivity program.

A slate of building improvements intended to upgrade technology at the Marion Cross School was approved 735-187. Norwich plans to spend $216,000 as part of a district-wide package of upgrades.

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