Charlotte Town Meeting Day ballot items explained

Staff Reporter

Voters have to decide two contested seats on Town Meeting Day in Charlotte — both on the selectboard.

Three candidates — Dr. James M. Faulkner, Louise McCarren, and Ed Stone — are vying for the three-year position that has been held by Lane Morrison, who is not running for re-election.

A two-year position on the selectboard is open with incumbent Frank W. Tenney running against challenger Nancy Richardson.

Town bond issues

Besides candidates, the issues that citizens will vote on in Charlotte on the Australian ballot portion of Town Meeting Day are whether to approve bond issues for an addition to the library, buying a new ambulance, and approving articles regarding the Champlain Valley school budget.

If approved, the bond for the proposed Charlotte Library project would finance $700,000 for an addition that would increase the size of the library by 2,175 square feet.

This would give the library a dedicated meeting area in addition to another restroom and space for 3,000 more books, bringing capacity up to 18,000 volumes.

The library will match that amount and has raised almost $400,000 of the $700,000, said library director Margaret Woodruff.

The bond issue for the ambulance is for $250,000 to buy a replacement for a 2006 ambulance.

School budget articles

The Champlain Valley School District has three budget articles on the Australian ballot.

Article VII asks voters to approve budget expenditures of just over $78.9 million for the 2019-2020 school year.

Article VIII asks voters to authorize the district to use money from the fund balance with $500,000 going towards the 2019-2020 operating budget, $1 million to go to facilities repairs and maintenance projects, and the remainder, more than $1.8 million, to be used for future budgets.

The school system’s audit firm recommends that they keep $1 million in the reserve fund for unexpected expenses, according to Jeanne Jensen, CVSD chief operations officer.

Article IX ask the voters if they will authorize the board of directors to borrow money by issuing notes for up to $485,000 to buy five school buses.

Town of Charlotte
Monday, March 4, 6 p.m. – Town Discussion
Charlotte Central School multi-purpose room, 408 Hinesburg Road

Tuesday, March 5, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. – Voting by Australian Ballot
Charlotte Central School multi-purpose room, 408 Hinesburg Road

Tuesday, March 5, 9 a.m. – Town Meeting
Charlotte Central School multi-purpose room, 408 Hinesburg Road

Champlain Valley School District
Monday, March 4, 5 p.m. – Annual Meeting
Champlain Valley Union High School, Room 160

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