• Town Meeting Preview: East Montpelier
    February 20,2013
     

    Stefan Hard / Staff File Photo A Berlin resident casts her vote during town meeting last year at Berlin Elementary School. Voters in East Montpelier, Berlin and other U-32 towns will face a question this year about the use of surplus funds.

    EAST MONTPELIER

    Town budget

    $1,507,365 — $461,846, or 44.2 percent, more than this year’s budget of $1,045,519.



    Elementary School budget

    $3,386,336 — $91,063, or 2.8 percent, more than this year’s budget of $3,295,273.



    Union high school budget

    $14,101,074 — $506,862, or 3.73 percent, more than this year’s budget of $13,594,212.

    Budget reflects a $140,389 reduction in the debt service payment on the school bond and $398,058 in increased costs associated with negotiated salaries and benefits for the faculty and staff at U-32 High School. Transportation costs are expected to climb by almost $37,000 and the budget includes funding for a paraeducator and several part-time positions.

    The fate of the U-32 budget will be collectively decided by voters in Berlin, Calais, East Montpelier, Middlesex and Worcester. The U-32 School Board has scheduled a public information meeting on March 4 at 6 p.m. in Room 131 at the high school.



    Special articles

    Shall the town follow the Farm Contract Study Committee’s recommendation to stop offering local farmers’ contracts?



    Shall the voters of the town of East Montpelier vote by Australian ballot to authorize any surplus funds that are available after the U-32 School District’s books are audited later this year be placed in a reserve account that can be spent at the discretion of the U-32 School Board?



    Contested races

    Kari Bradley and Ed Deegan are vying for a three-year seat as U-32 school director.

    Phillip A. Heinz and Kimberly Kendall are vying for a two-year seat on the East Montpelier Elementary School Board.



    Meeting location

    East Montpelier residents will gather for a floor meeting at East Montpelier Elementary School at 9:30 a.m. on March 5 to vote on money matters. Election of town officials and voting on other matters will take place by Australian ballot from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at East Montpelier Elementary School.



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