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Town Meeting preview: Sharon voters to cast ballots instead of tallying on floor

Published: 4/27/2021 9:36:57 PM
Modified: 4/27/2021 9:36:55 PM

Hot Topic: Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sharon’s annual Town Meeting and School District meeting were postponed until next month and will be voted on by Australian ballot, rather than by floor votes.

Budget: Voters this year will be asked to approve a $1.69 million municipal operating budget, of which $1.27 million would be raised by property taxes. The overall budget is a 1.6% increase from the budget approved the previous year, but the amount to be raised by taxes next fiscal year is the same as the current fiscal year, so the budget does not increase the town tax rate.

On the school side, voters will be asked to approve a $5 million budget. The budget would increase the town tax rate by 14.6 cents per $100 of home valuation or an additional $365 for the owner of a $250,000 home.

Noteworthy articles: The biggest question on the town’s ballot this year asks voters whether the town of Sharon should accept about 150 acres of land, which is part of the Ashley Community Forest, from the Alliance for Vermont Communities. The town would manage the property along with the town of Strafford, which voted to accept its 106.7 acres of the forest at Town Meeting earlier this spring.

Contested races: There are no contested races at the town or school level. Longtime Town Clerk Debra St. Peter is retiring after 15 years and Catherine Sartor is running uncontested for the position.

When and where: Voting for the town and school will be held by Australian Ballot from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 8, at the Sharon Town Offices on 15 School Street.

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