The word in the House: Setting the stage for environmental action

The word in the House: Setting the stage for environmental action

By Rep. Mike Yantachka Many observers were disappointed when Governor Shumlin’s inaugural speech barely mentioned the three issues that were foremost in Vermonters’ minds in 2014: property taxes, education spending and health care. Instead, his inaugural speech focused primarily on the environment. He began by laying out his “agenda for progress” emphasizing the positive accomplishments… Read More »

CCRPC seeks planning project ideas

The public is invited to offer suggestions to the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) for regional transportation and land use planning projects in Chittenden County. The CCRPC is currently preparing next year’s work program and the public is invited to participate. Comments will be accepted until Jan. 23 via email (bdavis@ccrpcvt.org) or by phone… Read More »

Financial Fitness: When will rates rise?

Financial Fitness: When will rates rise?

When will the Federal Reserve begin to raise the federal funds rate? It’s a question that may affect U.S. markets more than any other during 2015. A Look Back Following the financial crisis, the Fed cut the fed funds rate, which is the overnight rate at which banks lend to one another, to nearly zero.… Read More »

HCS Board sets budget, sends proposal to voters

By Gail Callahan The Hinesburg Community School (HCS) Board sent a $9,056,786 proposed 2015-16 budget Wednesday, Jan. 14 to voters to consider on Town Meeting Day, March 3. School commissioners finalized the proposed spending plan Wednesday, Jan. 14 during a nearly two-hour meeting. The 2015-16 budget proposal is $231,155 higher than the current voter-approved spending… Read More »

CVU School Board OK’s $21.9 million proposed budget, turf field bond proposal back on Town Meeting ballot

By Gail Callahan The Champlain Valley Union (CVU) High School Board approved a $21,983,502 budget proposal for 2015-16, a financial package two percent lower than the current voter-approved $22,403,334 spending plan. While that’s good news, Chittenden South Supervisory Union (CSSU) officials pointed out that revenue figures will probably fall through special education consolidation at the… Read More »

CCS Board approves $7.5 million budget proposal Bond proposal moves forward

By Gail Callahan During the Charlotte Central School (CCS) meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 13, the board approved a 2015-16 $7,595,996 budget proposal after listening to residents’ concerns about the high tax rate. According to figures from Chittenden South Supervisory Union (CSSU) office, Charlotte’s combined school tax rate is increasing 1.21 percent from the current years.… Read More »

redhawks recap

redhawks recap

Wrestlers excel at difficult 2-day meet CVU wrestlers Kienan Kittredge, Jacob Griggs, and Jarett Legg took third, fourth, and fifth place respectively at the Michael J. Baker Classic tournament in Essex on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 16-17. Only five Vermont wrestlers made up the 30-wrestler finals bracket and only one in-state wrestler took the top… Read More »