• It’s all thumbs-up in Washington
     | March 07,2013

    WASHINGTON — Everything went according to script at a paper ballot-free town meeting in Washington on Tuesday.

    Voters approved both a $579,937 municipal budget and a $2,168,833 school budget on voice votes during an afternoon session that Town Clerk Carol Davis said produced only one surprise.

    Bob Sherman, who has served as town moderator since 1991, was recognized as Washington’s Citizen of the Year.

    “I don’t think he saw that coming,” Davis said of Sherman, who opted not to run for re-election this year.

    Next year the gavel will be wielded at town meeting by Harry Roush, who was elected on a day when there were no contested races and voters approved everything that was asked of them.

    That list included a $59,732 appropriation for the Washington Volunteer Fire Department, $37,732 to cover the cost of the town’s ambulance contract with Barre Town Emergency Medical Services, a $5,000 appropriation to the capital fund for Washington Village School, and $9,000 for the school’s ONWARD program.

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