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Town Meeting preview: Tunbridge eyeing dip in tax rate, town garage expansion

Published: 5/19/2021 11:27:34 PM
Modified: 5/19/2021 11:52:26 PM

Budget: Voters at Tunbridge’s Town Meeting on Saturday are being asked to approve a $611,504 general fund budget and $961,140 for the highway fund. All told, that’s about $35,000 less than passed in fiscal year 2021, and could result in a 1-cent-per-$100-of-valuation drop in the town tax rate, or a $25 savings on a home assessed at $250,000.

But though it’s not on the warning this year, town officials are giving residents a “heads-up” that they may expand the Town Garage at some point so more heavy equipment, which has sophisticated electronics, can be stored inside.

“Plain and simple: Computers do not like to sit outside in subzero temperatures. And the road crew gets cranky when a 30,000-pound dump truck won’t go because a computer chip the size of a lentil is just too frosty,” the Selectboard wrote in the town report.

Noteworthy articles: Outside appropriations for social service groups ranging from the Central Vermont Council on Aging to The Art Bus total $16,326.

Contested races: Town offices are chosen from the floor. Selectboard member John O’Brien is up for reelection and is expected to run again.

When and where: Tunbridge Town Meeting, pushed back from March because of the COVID-19 pandemic, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 22, in the pulling arena at the Tunbridge Fairgrounds.

— John P. Gregg




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