Town Meeting 2017

Recount affirms Pownal Selectboard result

POWNAL — A hand recount Wednesday affirmed the Town Meeting Day victory of veteran Selectboard member Nelson Brownell for another term. The recount was requested by challenger Michael George, who was eight votes behind after the initial count March 7 — 259 to 251. Assistant Town Clerk Julie Weber said the totals after the second […]

Vermont’s citizen listers giving way to professional appraisers

“The job has gotten more complex,” says one of a growing number of locals relinquishing their management of property grand lists.

Administration hails district merger votes as path to savings

Nearly 60 percent of Vermont students now live, or will soon be living, in a unified district, according to the administration.

Voters reject 18 school budgets

Thirty-seven budgets were struck down in 2014 when calls for tax relief hit a fever pitch.

Louras the day after: ‘I got smoked’

“As much as I said during the campaign that this was not a referendum on refugee resettlement … looking back at it, absolutely a referendum on refugee resettlement,” the defeated Rutland mayor said.

Most town meeting merger votes yield consolidated districts

Some will involve fewer towns than they could have, and two of the rejections hung on a single voter’s ballot in Wells.

Four Upper Valley towns vote against NewVistas development

Voters in Royalton, Sharon, Strafford and Tunbridge all passed a resolution saying they oppose David R. Hall’s plans for a massive development in the area. He says he’s undeterred.

Town Meeting Day photo gallery: Democracy in Vermont

The annual ritual brings together voters and candidates in an exercise of local government. And often lunch.

Northshire school district merger overwhelmingly approved

The merger passed in every town by at least a 2-to-1 margin, according to an official. It will combine districts in nine towns into one, with about 1,700 students.

Windham County Act 46 votes a mixed bag

Voters in Windham Central Supervisory Union accepted one school district merger but rejected another. In Windham Northeast, a merger of four towns failed.

Smooth sailing for budgets, ballot items in Montpelier

Voters agreed to everything asked of them, including bestowing literary recognition. They also re-elected a city councilor.

Tide of local support turns on embattled Coventry official

Cynthia Diaz has been re-elected for years despite criminal probes and reports of missing money. Now voters have decided her job as delinquent tax collector should be an appointed one.

Presidential candidate tax disclosure idea gains some support

The proposal, which was defeated in one town, would require candidates to release returns for the past five years to get on the primary and general election ballots.

Several Vermont localities vote to pursue ‘sanctuary’ status

Nearly a dozen approved a variety of town meeting resolutions in reaction to President Donald Trump’s push to further restrict immigration.