From Jen Flaster, Plymouth Press Editor
Voters approved the town budget on the first vote at Town Meeting on Monday night, following an enlightening presentation by selectboard member Russ Tonkin. Tonkin walked those present through the year-to-year budget changes and major budget areas, giving a welcome explanation on the town’s financial position.
One amendment to the budget was adopted before the budget passed easily. Those present agreed to reduce the budget by the $65,000 slated for the Windsor County Sheriff patrols. Residents raised issues with the town’s need for the patrols. Some cited incidents in which the sheriffs did not provide assistance to residents when asked, while on patrol in Plymouth. The Winsdor County Sheriff’s Office does not typically provide assistance in Plymouth, unless an officer is on duty in town. Others just didn’t feel their presence helped the town or its residents and that we might be better served by electronic speed limit signs placed strategically. The income generated from their presence varies from year to year, but in the last year, their patrols generated roughly $11,000.
The other articles on the agenda all passed. These included allocating $10,032.50 for Human Services and $10,000 to retain a qualified person to promote and coordinate community activities at the Plymouth Elementary school property. The latter article passed by just one vote.
Voters also eliminated the office of auditor. Past auditors spoke up on behalf of the article to say that the town finances have become more complex and the budget so large, that we would be better off with a professional auditor. The town will now contract with a public accountant in accordance with the Vermont State Statute 17 VSA 2651b.
Elections were held by Australian ballot on Tuesday. Most positions were not contested, however a few positions had no candidates, so write-ins were offered. The results for the elections were:
Moderator: Thomas W. Harris
Selectperson: Ralph J. Michael
Lister: Tom Marrone
Auditor: (no candidate running) Office eliminated by voters
Trustee of Public Funds: Bobbi Jean Lambert-Lynds (by write-in)
School District Clerk: Barbara L. Rabtoy
School Director: Jim Reiger
Del. Tax Collector: Kathleen Billings
Grand Juror: Joseph Rebideau
Town Agent: Joseph Rebideau
Cemetery Commissioner: (no candidate running) No write-in candidate received 1% of the vote, the state threshold for write-ins.
School Director: (no candidate running) No write-in candidate received 1% of the vote, the state threshold for write-ins.
School Moderator: Thomas W. Harris