BELLOWS FALLS -- Former Village Trustee Deborah Wright is the only person on this year’s ballot contesting the three auditors up for re-election.
Wright is running for a one-year position and has to best Pat Fowler, Tim Powers and Michael "Mickey" Tolaro to win the job. The race is one of three contested races residents will vote on via Australian ballot as part of the village-wide election on Tuesday. The polls, located at the Masonic Temple, are scheduled to open at 9 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.
Wright said she is "not pushing" for the auditor spot, as she is also running for a two-year term as village trustee, and Vermont state statutes prohibit anyone from holding both at the same time. But Wright said her accounting background and experience as the owner and president of Green Mountain Traffic Control has prepared her to serve as auditor if elected.
Fowler, the owner of Village Square Booksellers, has been an auditor for a few years and said she enjoys going through the auditor’s report each year and being available to answer the questions of the village trustees. She told the Reformer she has gone through an auditor’s workshop held by the Vermont League of Cities and Towns -- Rockingham’s insurance provider -- and wants to use her knowledge to give back to her community.
"Not everybody likes financial stuff," she said, adding that her knack for the subject is the reason she was appointed the treasurer of the Rockingham Free Public Library Board of Trustees.
Fowler said she once worked as an operations auditor for an electronics company many years ago. Though the village auditor positions are unpaid, she said local auditors often look for discrepancies or inconsistencies paid auditors may not think of.
Attempts to contact Powers and Tolaro were unsuccessful.
The village-wide election was initially expected to include a vote on a $6 million wastewater bond, but it will have to be rescheduled because the newspaper of record (The Shopper) failed to print notification of the vote on the same day for three consecutive weeks as legally required.
Municipal Manager Willis D. "Chip" Stearns II said the vote will now have to wait until the primary election in August or the general election in November.
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