Halifax Select Board expansion nixed

HALIFAX — The vote to add two new positions to the Select Board failed by a slim margin, 98-95, on Tuesday.

"I knew it was going to be really close," Town Clerk Patricia Dow told the Reformer.

Voters were asked via Australian ballot whether the town should have a five-member board rather than the three-member unit it has now. The question has come up on the floor at previous annual town meetings.

Incumbent Mitchell Green won the three-year seat on the Select Board after securing 112 votes. He could not be reached for comment on Wednesday. His challenger, Greg Marguet, received 68 votes.

The town's budget was approved as an article on the floor at Town Meeting on Tuesday. Select Board Chairman Lewis Sumner said all other articles also passed.

Halifax and Readsboro voters OK'd the Southern Valley Unified Union School District budget by 194-102 votes.


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