Town Meeting Day: Vermonters vote to increase local town, school budgets

Despite other states' voters fuming over incumbent insiders and higher taxes, leave it to Vermont voters to swing the other way. Most Vermont voters didn't bat an eye when it came to keeping incumbents in office and voting "yes" to increased spending and higher taxes to pay for it.

Here are selected, abridged Addison, Chittenden & Rutland town meeting results:

•Benson: Town voters said no to school budget increase.

•Brandon: Local voters approved costs to move the Brandon Police Department out-of-downtown to Forest Dale; town, school and OVUHS budget increases were also approved.

•Bristol: Proposed town budget increase, school budget approved; incumbent selectboard members reelected; new town plan defeated; resources extraction zoning amendment defeated.

•Castleton: Voters ousted incumbent selectboard member Wayne Renfrew although other incumbents were reelected. Town budget increases were approved.

•Clarendon: Keeping inline with neighboring towns, voters approved all school and town budget increases.

•Fair Haven: Joining other towns sending students to FHUHS, local voters approved the increased high school budget.

•Ferrisburgh: Town budget, school budget increases approved; incumbent selectboard members reelected; unified school move approved.

•Ira: Former Town Treasurer Donald Hewitt publically apologized to town meeting voters for stealing town funds; voters went on to approve school budget increases.

•Killington: Voters rejected a $1.4 million bond proposal for land purchase; incumbent selectboard member Jim Blackman was defeated by newcomer Jim Haff.

•Middlebury: Town budget and tax increase approved; selectboard incumbents reelected; town school board incumbents reelected.

•Monkton: Proposed town budget increased approved; selectboard incumbents reelected' new town hall/community center bond rejected; town school board incumbents reelected.

•Mount Holly: Voters approved all town and school budget increases.

•Pittsford: Despite low attendance, Pittsford voters approved all town and school spending increases.

•Poultney: Voters approved increased school and town budgets.

•Proctor: Voters approved ballot proposal and approved continued use of fluoride in the town drinking water.

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