• Town Meeting Preview: Warren
    February 23,2013
     

    Town budget

    $3,433,828 — $776,919, or 29.24 percent, more than last year’s budget of $2,656,909. The change is driven by the highway budget.



    Highway budget

    $1,905,551 — $682,791, or 55.8 percent, more than last year’s budget of $1,222,760. The change primarily comes from a $441,309 new line item for reconstruction of Inferno Road, a $395,5000 new line item to rebuild a section of West Hill Road and correct significant erosion issues, and a $220,000 drop in FEMA funds for Tropical Storm Irene.



    School budget

    $2,298,047 — $121,157, or 5.6 percent, more than last year’s budget of $2,176,890. The change is largely due to teacher salary and benefit increases and a debt service payment.



    Harwood budget

    $13,015,259 — $922,644, or 7.6 percent, more than the current school year budget of $12,092,615. Significant changes are due to health insurance increases, salary increases, deferred infrastructure maintenance, additional iPad carts and wireless routing to classrooms, a new truck for plowing, field maintenance and other operations, and a car for driver’s education.

    Due to state law, the school budget this year meets certain criteria to be broken into two questions because the district’s spending per pupil last year was more than the statewide average and this year’s proposed budget is greater than last year’s budget adjusted for inflation. The first part will consider $12,866,914, and if the first part passes, a second part will consider the remaining $128,345.



    Special articles

    Shall the town vote the additional expenditure of $1,000 to the local public access station Mad River Valley Television? This would supplement the $2,000 already allocated and support the increased coverage and availability online of municipal and school board meetings.

    Shall the town vote its Green Mountain National Forest money go to the Warren Elementary School?

    Shall the town empower the Select Board to accept any land if given to the town or to purchase any land within the town?

    Shall the town of Warren vote to cease mailing town reports to each household and instead mail one to households of voters who voted at the polls on the last town meeting? Those unable to attend town meeting may request and be mailed one, copies may be picked up at the Warren municipal building, and the report will be published online at www.warrenvt.org.

    Shall the voters instruct officials to approve a resolution expressing opposition to the transportation of tar sands oil through Vermont, require fuel vendors doing business with the town to provide information on the origins of the fuel that’s sold, and phase out municipal fuel purchases that use tar sands?



    Meeting location

    The floor meeting will occur at 8 a.m. March 5 at Warren Elementary School. Polls will be open that day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for elections.

    www.warrenvt.org

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