Saturday March 2, 2013

WHITINGHAM -- This year residents will be deciding on whether or not a large sum of money should be borrowed for paving town highways.

Article 8 asks voters if the town should "borrow $1,000,000 at a rate not to exceed 2.3 percent for a period of five years for the purpose of paving town highways."

Whitingham Town Meeting will be held on March 5 at 10 a.m., at the Whitingham Elementary School.

Residents will be re-voting on the Twin Valley School Budget, which had been previously approved on Jan. 17. It has to be ratified because the booklets that are required by the state to go out to residents weren't sent out in time. The booklets are supposed to be in the hands of voters 10 days before the vote.

At the board's informational meeting on Jan. 10, Twin Valley School Board members weren't sure if they were going to have to have a re-vote at Town Meeting.

The question in that article read, "Shall voters adopt a budget of $10,092,012 necessary for the support of extraordinary special education costs and the operations of the Twin Valley School District for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2013?"

In Whitingham, the article was approved 60 to 45 votes. In Wilmington, it was approved 75 to 51 votes.

There is some concern from parents who may not be able to make it to Town Meeting, who initially voted the first time around.

Last year, some residents were concerned about voter turnout on Town Meeting day. Last year, 185 people voted out of the 882 who were on the voter checklist.

Whitingham voters will be asked if they'd like to "raise and appropriate $701,319 for the general use of the town."

In Article 2, Town Hill Common will be addressed. It will ask voters to raise and appropriate $7,758 for its upkeep and improvement.

Article 3 will ask voters to raise and appropriate $65,175 for the operation of the Town Fire Department and Article 5 will ask voters to raise and appropriate $20,000 for the Fire Department Equipment Fund.

Voters will be deciding on whether or not to raise and appropriate $971,074 for the maintenance and repair of Town Highways in Article 6 and $75,000 for the Highway Equipment Fund in Article 7.

Article 9 asks voters to raise and appropriate $66,252 for the operation of the Whitingham Free Public Library and $10,000 for the Municipal Facilities Fund in Article 10.

Voters will be asked about raising and appropriating $14,050 for the continuing support of the Whitingham Ambulance Service.

Article 17 will determine whether or not voters want to raise and appropriate $2,100 to support Economic Development in Whitingham Article 19 asks voter if they'd like to raise and appropriate $1,200 to support the work of Southeastern Vermont Community Action, or SEVCA.

Chris Mays can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 273, or cmays@reformer.com. Follow Chris on Twitter @CMaysReformer.