FAYSTON — Residents passed a $1,043,614 operating budget for the town and a school budget of $1,708,836. In addition, $55,000 was approved for the school maintenance reserve fund.
Included in the town operating expenses is $20,000 for the Fayston Conservation Reserve Fund, of which $10,000 will go toward the preservation of the historic Bragg Farm for agricultural use. The farm, which was settled in the mid-18th century, is one of the most photographed in the state, and its preservation is seen by many residents as key to preserving Fayston’s bucolic environment.
The remaining $10,000 of that allocation will be set aside for projects encouraging ecology, culture, agriculture and recreation.
All town officials with expiring terms were returned to office, including Select Board member Robert Vasseur, who has served the community for 54 years. Lister Tony Egan, who has served the town for 18 years and will be 80 at the end of his next term, urged younger residents to come forward and participate in town governance.
In addition, $2,000 was allocated for the Couples Club.
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