Notice: 2016 Annual Town Meeting Public Warning (2/29/16)

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TOWN OF BENNINGTON 2016 ANNUAL TOWN MEETING

The residents of the Town of Bennington qualified by law to vote in Town Meeting are hereby notified and warned to meet at the Bennington Fire Facility on River Street (Lincoln Street entrance) in said Town on Monday, February 29, 2016, at 7:00 p.m., or immediately following the Bennington School District’s Annual meeting should that run over, to transact the business specified to be done from the floor.

If you are a resident of the Town of Bennington, intend to be present at the meeting and are hearing impaired, arrangements will be made for a sign interpreter·to be present at this meeting. For necessary arrangements, please contact Stuart A. Hurd, Town Manager at the Bennington Town Offices, 205 South Street, P.O. Box 469, Bennington, VT – (802) 442-1037 no later than Friday, February 19, 2016.

Following the completion of such business, the Meeting will stand adjourned to Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at The Bennington Fire Facility on River Street (Lincoln Street entrance). The Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. for the election of officers and voting on all ballot articles specified. However, those on the checklist to vote in the Village of North Bennington shall vote for the election of officers and on all ballot articles at the North Bennington Village Office on Main Street in North Bennington. The Bennington Fire Facility above mentioned, is hereby established as the central polling place for those on the checklist to vote in said Bennington. The deadline for registering to vote is February 24, 2016 at 5:00 P.M. at the Bennington Town Clerk’s Office.

 

BUSINESS TO BE TRANSACTED FROM THE FLOOR
Monday, February 29, 2016
7:00 P.M.

ARTICLE 1. TOWN REPORT: To hear the report of Town Officers and to take appropriate action thereon.

ARTICLE 2. SELECT BOARD MEMBERS COMPENSATION: To determine what compensation shall be paid to the Town Select Board Members.

ARTICLE 3. OTHER BUSINESS: To transact such other proper business when met.

 

BUSINESS TO BE TRANSACTED BY BALLOT
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Polls Open: 7:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.

TOWN TREASURER ELECTION. A Town Treasurer residing in the Town shall be elected for term of three (3) years.

TOWN MODERATOR ELECTION. A Town Moderator residing in the Town shall be elected for terms of three (3) years.

SELECT BOARD ELECTION. Three Select Board Members residing in the Town shall be elected for terms of three (3) years.

ARTICLE 1. Shall the Town appropriate for the next fiscal year, July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017, the total sum of $12,020,560.00 consisting of the following: $3,902,050.00 for the laying out, maintaining, and repairing of the highways and bridges of the Town; and $8,118,510.00 for the payment of the following: Any indebtedness not otherwise specifically provided for, interest on indebtedness, legally authorized State and County taxes, the prosecution and defense of the common rights and interests of the inhabitants of the Town, and for other necessary incidental expenses?

The proposed budget includes $50,000.00 for fire equipment, $20,000.00 for parking improvements, $15,000.00 for regional economic development, $50,000.00 for bridge repair/replacement and $344,160.00 for healthcare reserve and workers compensation insurance, any unexpended portion of which will be reserved to subsequent years for that purpose.

ARTICLE 2. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2017 General Fund by the sum of$2,500.00 for Bennington County Association Against Child Abuse?

ARTICLE 3. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2017 General Fund by the sum of$2,500.00 for Turning Point Center of Bennington?

ARTICLE 4. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2017 General Fund by the sum of$5,000.00 for Project Against Violent Encounters?

ARTICLE 5. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2017 General Fund by the sum of$7,000.00 for Vermont Center For Independent Living?

ARTICLE 6. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2017 General Fund by the sum of$7,200.00 for Green Mountain Retired and Senior Volunteer Program?

ARTICLE 7. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2017 General Fund by the sum of$7,500.00 for Bennington Free Clinic?

ARTICLE 8. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2017 General Fund by the sum of$7,500.00 for BROC – Community Action In Southwestern Vermont?

ARTICLE 9. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2017 General Fund by the sum of $7,500.00 for Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging, Inc.?

ARTICLE 10. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2017 General Fund by the sum of$10,000.00 for Sunrise Family Resource Center?

ARTICLE 11. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2017 General Fund by the sum of$10,000.00 for The Tutorial Center?

ARTICLE 12. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2017 General Fund by the sum of $11,000.00 for Bennington Project Independence?

ARTICLE 13. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2017 General Fund by the sum of $21,600.00 for Bennington Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice?

ARTICLE 14. Shall the voters increase the F.Y. 2017 General Fund by the sum of $25,000.00 for Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless?

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