RUTLAND-Town Meeting Day is one of Vermont's founding traditions. It's treasured as small-town democracy in action. While attendance at Town Meeting Day events has been in decline, a core group of local voters are actively engaged in the process. Their involvement is a model to younger voters as they reenergize the two- century-old tradition.
In dozens of communities covered by the Outlook in Rutland and Windsor counties, voters cast their voice and paper ballots for a variety of issues. Demonstrating the decline in participation was the fact that many area races were uncontested.
The following results were available at presstime:
Benson: Voters approved 13 of 21 Town Meeting Day issues. The school budget and atown budget increase were approved. Several highway budget line items were also approved.
The Grant Match Fund recharging article was approved.
Delinquent tax and sewer rates were also approved.
A proposed amendment to extended FY 2011 was defeated.
A tax exemption for U.S. military veterans was defeated.
Rachel Collett was elected library commissioner (five-year term). Daryl Burlett was elected first constable.
Brandon: Select Board Chairman Richard Baker was reelected after defeating Jim Casey (three-year term).
Write-in Maria Ammatuna was elected as school director to complete two years of a three-year term. Town and school budgets were passed with increases.
Castleton: Voters ok'd all 31 Castleton budget articles including the Castleton-Hubbardton Union school budget and a Police Department budget increase. Funds will be reserved for the purchase of a new school bus.
Selectmen Thomas Ettori and James Leamy were reelected (one-year terms).
Selectwoman Christine Smith was reelected (three-year term) and elected as school director.
Andrea Nakumura and Sharon Ryan were elected to the Castleton-Hubbardton school board (three-year terms).
Chester: Incumbent Tom Bock defeated Arne Jonyas for Select Board (one-year term).
Mary Lou Farr defeated Jean EMery for Whiting Library trustee.