With tag: municipal_budgets
Vt. Town Uses Sheep To Maintain Grass In Cemeteries
town governments have often neglected taking care of their cemeteries, leaving them with overgrown lots and crumbling grave markers. Now,
one Chittenden County town is
using sheep and goats to maintain grass in its sacred public spaces.
Cities And Towns Set Tax Rates
It's that time of year when Vermont cities and towns are setting their tax
rates, and select board and city council minutes show many have increased them slightly as they enter the 2013 fiscal year.
Middlebury Evaluates Plan To Rebuild Municipal Building
in Middlebury are
debating whether to rebuild or replace the town's 100-year-old municipal
building and gymnasium. Preliminary
estimates for the proposed 16,000 to 19,000-square-foot municipal offices range from $6 million to $10 million.
Town Budgets Recover After Irene Expenses
As the fiscal year comes to a
close at the end of the month, Vermont cities and towns are slowly restoring their budgets
for expenses related to Tropical Storm Irene.
Burlington's Bond Rating Downgraded Again
Investors Service cites "strains on the city's pooled cash" from the
financially troubled Burlington Telecom and water and wastewater funds.
Vt. Cities Seek Pension Solutions
By Kirk Carapezza
Vermont municipalities participate in a statewide retirement
program that's nearly fully funded. That's much better than retirement funds
are doing for many cities and towns around the country, which have found that
they're living beyond their means.
Northfield Voters Support Town-Village Merger
Voters in Northfield have given their
overwhelming support to the idea of merging the town and village in
hopes of streamlining municipal operations and avoiding small-town
Killington Votes To Keep Town Manager
By Ross Sneyd
A petition drive led to a special election Tuesday. Voters were asked whether they wanted to keep a
town manager or revert to the system where select board members play a larger
role in managing town affairs.
Dorset Approves Homestead Property Penalty
Vermont law requires that residents declare ownership of a
home and pay the state's education property tax, and
it says penalties of either 3 or 8 percent can be assessed by
municipalities on any property not listed correctly.
Rockingham Tops Off Its Gas Budget
more than two months still left in the fiscal year, the town of Rockingham has surpassed its diesel fuel and gasoline budget. Rising gas prices and the cost of damages caused by Tropical Storm
Irene have hampered future road projects.