Town Meeting preview: Property tax exemptions up for vote in Royalton

Raegen Holbrook, 9, of Royalton, braids her hair while attending Royalton Town Meeting with her uncle Todd Ballentine, of Royalton, right, at White River Valley High School in South Royalton, Vt., Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Dale Williams, of Royalton, is at left. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Raegen Holbrook, 9, of Royalton, braids her hair while attending Royalton Town Meeting with her uncle Todd Ballentine, of Royalton, right, at White River Valley High School in South Royalton, Vt., Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Dale Williams, of Royalton, is at left. (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 11:13 AM

Articles of note: One article asks voters to create Recreation Reserve Fund and another asks voters to seed it with $2,000 from taxes. One article asks voters to exempt the 2.9-acre Paine’s Beach recreation area from property taxes for five years. Another asks for a five-year tax exemption for the Royalton Area Food Shelf, at 2955 Vt. Route 14, owned by the United Church of South Royalton.

Contested races: There are no contested races. Patrick Dakin is running unopposed for a three-year term on the Selectboard. Nell Gwin is running unopposed for a two-year seat on the Selectboard.

Budgets and spending articles: The proposed general fund budget is $1.8 million, of which $1.6 million is to come from taxes. The proposed highway budget is $1.3 million, of which $1.17 million is to come from taxes. Last year’s general fund budget was $1.78 million and highway was $1.1 million.

When, where and how to vote: Australian ballot voting to elect officers is scheduled for Tuesday, March 5 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the gym at the White River Valley School, 223 S. Windsor Street. The floor meeting begins at 10 a.m. that day in the school gym.

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