Ballots are now available

I would like to encourage the voters of Bennington and North Bennington to participate in the Annual Town and School meetings to be held March 2, 2021.  Ballots are now available at the Town Clerk’s Office.  This year, with the inability to have open floor meetings, you will find additional items on the ballots.  To minimize crowds at the polls, please consider voting early from the comfort of your home.  While the office is currently closed to the public, you can pick up your ballots or call (802)442-1043 to have one mailed to you.  We have again installed the secure drop box at the Town Office for prompt return of your early ballots.

Voting in person on March 2nd  will be at the Firehouse at the corner of River and Lincoln Streets.  The polls will be open from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM with mask and social distancing requirements in place.

You can view sample ballots on our website at https://benningtonvt.org/departments/town-clerk/elections/sample-ballots/ and access your specific voter information through the Secretary of State’s “My Voter Page” at https://mvp.vermont.gov .  If you need help updating your information for site access, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Cassandra Barbeau
Town Clerk
Bennington, VT
mailto:cbarbeau@benningtonvt.org

 

Town Office Closure – February 15, 2021

Increased COVID-19 activity in Bennington County

Bennington County Community Partners,

The Health Department has detected an increase in COVID-19 activity in Bennington County during a 10-week period beginning 12/1/20. What we know is:

  • The Town of Bennington and some surrounding towns have evidence of increased rates, multiple household clusters and workplaces with cases.
  • Surrounding towns with increased rates include Pownal, Shaftsbury, Arlington, Manchester, Winhall and Dorset.
  • At this time we are seeing an increased number of cases that are not known to be associated with an outbreak, which is an indication of more widespread community transmission.

We are sharing this information to encourage community-wide public health interventions. We are asking for your partnership and recommend taking the following steps to slow the spread of infections:

1. Increase messaging about COVID-19 prevention across platforms such as Front Porch Forum, the town websites, local newspapers, and social media. Include the following talking points in your messages:

  • Our area is seeing an increase in COVID-19 activity.
  • Take these prevention steps to help slow the spread:
    • Stay home if you are sick.
    • Wash your hands often.
    • Keep your social circle to only the people you live with.
    • Stay at least 6 feet apart from people you do not live with.
    • Wear a mask any time you are around people you do not live with.
  • We are monitoring the map of recent cases by town on the Health Department’s website to know when spread begins to slow down in our area.
  • If you have gathered with people you don’t live with, you should quarantine, and we encourage you to get tested right away, and then again 7 days after the gathering.
  • If you had close contact with someone with COVID-19, follow quarantine guidelines. Answer the phone if a contact tracer from the Health Department calls you.
  • Avoid non-essential travel. If you travel out of Vermont, you must quarantine when you return.
  • Remember that we’re all at risk of getting this virus. Offer to help community members who are affected by isolation and quarantine. We thank you for being understanding and supportive of one another during this time.
  • Find more information at healthvermont.gov/COVID-19.

2. Regularly share information about where to get tested. Find testing opportunities in your area on the COVID-19 testing web page.

3. Refer to the map of recent cases by town to monitor the spread in your town. Read the Frequently Asked Questions above the map to learn more about what the map shows. Transmission is decreasing in your town when the color gets lighter. Transmission is increasing when the color gets darker. The map is updated every Friday.

4. Check out additional resources at healthvermont.gov/COVID-19 to stay informed on the latest guidance and information.

We hope this information is helpful. Thank you for your actions to help prevent further spread of the virus. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me via phone or email. Due to medical privacy laws, we are not able to release the names of people with COVID-19 or any more specific information about cases than what is provided in this communication.

Thank you,

Megan Herrington

Megan Nuismer Herrington, MPH
District Director | Bennington District Office
Vermont Department of Health
802-447-6406 (o) | 802-355-3833 (c)
324 Main Street Suite 2
Bennington, VT 05201

Board of Civil Authority Meeting – February 16, 2021

Homestead Declaration

Homestead Declaration

By Vermont law, property owners whose homes meet the definition of a Vermont homestead must file a Homestead Declaration annually by the April filing deadline. If eligible, it is important that you file so that you are correctly assessed the homestead tax rate on your property.

What is the Vermont Homestead Declaration?

In Vermont, all property is subject to education property tax to pay for the state’s schools. For this purpose, property is categorized as either nonresidential or homestead. A homestead is the principal dwelling and parcel of land surrounding the dwelling, owned and occupied by the resident as the person’s domicile.

For more information, please visit the State of Vermont Tax Department website.

https://tax.vermont.gov/property-owners/homestead-declaration
https://tax.vermont.gov/sites/tax/files/documents/HS-122-2020.pdf

 

 

 

 

Select Board Meeting – February 8, 2021

To view the Select Board packet for the meeting of February 8, 2021, please click here:Select Board packet  (pdf)

 

Ballots will soon be available for early voting in the Annual Town and School Meetings

Ballots will soon be available for early voting in the Annual Town and School Meetings. With the pandemic still looming, help us keep the crowds down on March 2nd and call now to request your ballots if you haven’t yet done so! The Town of Bennington will soon be installing the secure ballot drop box near the front porch of the Town Office for prompt return, as mail is still delayed.

North Bennington Graded School District ballots are being mailed to all active voters in that District, however there is also Town Meeting, MAU, the Elementary and the Tech Center School Districts. If you wish to vote early in these elections, a ballot must be requested.

As always, feel free to email cbarbeau@benningtonvt.org or call the Town Clerk’s Office at (802)442-1043 with any questions.

Cassandra Barbeau
Bennington Town Clerk

Town of Bennington FY2022 Budget Proposal

To view the Proposed FY2022 Town of Bennington Budget, please view the link: FY 2022 Budget Proposal (pdf)

Town of Bennington Police Department Policy Advisory Committee – February 10, 2021

TOWN OF BENNINGTON
Police Department Policy Advisory Committee

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
1:00 p.m.
AGENDA

Zoom Videoconference

For public health reasons, Police Department Policy Advisory Committee members will participate in the meeting by videoconference. The videoconferencing platform, Zoom, will be used. If one wishes to observe the Zoom videoconference, please use the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82864555183

Work Session

Review and possible revision of the following Bennington Police Department Policy:

  • Special Events 

Town of Bennington 2021 Annual Town Meeting Warning

Please click the following link for the 2021 Annual Town Meeting Warning   (pdf)