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FREE CREDIT SCORE DAY SEPTEMBER 19
The CASH Coalition of Chittenden County is offering a Free Credit Score Day event on September 19 from 3 to 7 pm at 294 North Winooski Avenue in Burlington. Open to those with household incomes of less than $40,000, the first 50 participants will get their credit scores for free, together with the opportunity to review their credit report one-on-one with a credit counselor.

The CASH Coalition is committed to assisting low- and moderate-income residents in asset-building and financial literacy. The Coalition is made up of non-profit organizations, businesses and all levels of government, including the City of Burlington through the CEDO office. I'm pleased the City continues to support efforts like this to increase financial literacy in our community.

ADA RESTORATION DAY -- ROAD TO FREEDOM BUS TOUR
The Road to Freedom bus tour is a national awareness campaign intended to visit all 50 states and to publicize the benefits of the ADA and the need to strengthen protections for individuals with disabilities through the ADA Restoration Act of 2007. The Road to Freedom tour will be visiting Burlington on Thursday, September 13. For more information about the Tour, you can call the Vermont Center for Independent Living at 1-800-639-1522.

RETIREMENT TASK FORCE REPORT ISSUED
The "Report of the Special Task Force on the City of Burlington Employees Retirement System" has been released. I'd like to thank all the task force members for their time and work leading to this report. The report is available on the City web-site at http://www.ci.burlington.vt.us/ . The recommendations of the task force will require discussion, consideration and action by the City Council. There are significant decisions to be made to ensure a sustainable and fair municipal retirement system and it's important that we pay attention to and move forward on this issue in the days ahead.

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