TOWN OF WOODSTOCK, VERMONT
ANNUAL TOWN MEETING/INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS
February 20, February 22, and March 2, 2021
The legal voters of the Town of Woodstock, County of Windsor, State of Vermont are hereby notified and warned to meet on Zoom on February 20th at 10:00 am and/or February 22nd at 6:00 pm., for the Annual Meeting which will be in the form of an informational Zoom meeting, and on Tuesday the 2nd day of March 2021 between the hours of 7:00 am until 7:00 pm to act on the following:
The legal voters of the Town of Woodstock are further notified that voter qualifications, registration, and absentee voting relative to said meeting shall be as provided in Chapters 43, 51 and 55 of Title 17, Vermont Statutes Annotated. You must be registered to vote in the Town of Woodstock in order to vote.
The legal voters of the Town of Woodstock are further notified that the informational hearings that will be held are for the purpose of explaining the articles that will be voted on by Australian Ballot. No changes to the articles can be made during these meetings. Due to COVID-19, all articles will be voted on by Australian Ballot.
FEBRUARY 20th at 10:00 AM & FEBRUARY 22nd at 6:00 PM
PUBLIC INFORMATIONAL MEETING/ANNUAL MEETING
TUESDAY, MARCH 2ND, 2021: AUSTRALIAN BALLOT – 7:00 AM TO 7:00 PM
ARTICLE 1: To see if the Town will receive and act upon reports submitted by the Town officers.
ARTICLE 2: To see if the Town will vote to collect the Town General, Highway, School Taxes and State Education Taxes on real property and all other taxes levied through the Treasurer under the provisions of Title 32 VSA Chapter 133 and fix the dates of payments as November 5, 2021 and May 6, 2022.
ARTICLE 3: To see if the Town will vote to pay the Town Officers in accordance with Title 24 VSA, Section 932 as follows:
Town Treasurer $12,000 per year
Listers $25.76 per hour
Constable $25.76 per hour
Town Clerk $32.47 per hour
Moderator $100.00 each time serves
ARTICLE 4: To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Treasurer, with the approval of the Select Board to borrow money, if necessary, in anticipation of taxes for Fiscal Year 2021-2022 to defray current expense and debts of the Town and Sewer Departments.
ARTICLE 5: To see if the Town will vote to appropriate the sum of six million seven hundred thirty-one thousand and sixty-eight dollars ($6,731,068) which includes the specified sums of money to operate each department; and to raise by taxation the amount of five million eighteen thousand ninety-four dollars ($5,018,094) which is the necessary sum to defray operating costs for FY 2021-2022.
Culture and Recreation $450,558
Town Hall Building $110,758
General Government $585,424
Planning and Zoning $109,595
Town Clerk $187,168
Highway Department $2,020,222
Maintaining Cemeteries $18,500
Sanitation – GUVSWMD $33,528
Welcome Center $72,201
Ambulance Department $1,232,835
Health Officer $7,440
Fire Department $320,250
Emergency Services Building $159,974
Communications – Dispatch $375,650
Town Constable $10,600
Town Police $418,475
Select Board Contingency $260,250
Capital Reserve Spending $19,295
Tropical Storm Irene Expense $58,346
Community Fireworks $10,000
Economic Development Commission $270,000
ARTICLE 6: To see if the Town will vote to appropriate the sum of one million three hundred forty-six thousand three hundred ninety-seven dollars and fifty cents ($1,346,397.50), which includes one million eighty-two thousand three hundred ninety-seven dollars and fifty cents ($1,082,397.50) from user fees and two hundred sixty-four thousand dollars ($264,000) from other revenues, to pay the current expenses and debt of the sewer department for FY 2021-2022.
ARTICLE 7: To see if the Town of Woodstock will vote to exempt the Norman Williams Public Library from paying taxes on their parking lot. Specifically, through either or both of the exemptions listed below for the Parking Lot of the Norman Williams Public Library for a period of five years.
A. Exemption from all local property taxes including local education, highway, and town general.
B. Exemption from the education property taxes and to raise by property taxation a sum of money to pay the exempted amount to the appropriate entity.
ARTICLE 8: To see if the Town will vote to appropriate the sum of one thousand five hundred dollars ($1,500) for the purpose of having the Public Trust Funds audited and approve the expenditure of one thousand five hundred dollars ($1,500) from income of the Trust Funds to pay for the Annual Audit.
ARTICLE 9: Shall the Town of Woodstock raise, appropriate, and expend the sum of eighty-six thousand dollars ($86,000) for the purpose of paving the town and village roads.
ARTICLE 10: The election of Town Officers for the ensuing year as required by law including:
Select Board (3-year term)
Select Board (2-year term)
Town Treasurer (1-year term)
Moderator (1-year term)
Lister (3-year term)
Auditor (1-year term)
Auditor (2-year term)
Auditor (3-year term)
Cemetery Commissioner (1-year term)
Cemetery Commissioner (2-year term)
Cemetery Commissioner (3-year term)
Trustee of Public Funds (1-year term)
Trustee of Public Funds (3-year term)
Grand Juror (1-year term)
First Constable (1-year term)
Town Agent (1-year term)
Windsor Central Unified Union School District (3-year term)
Windsor Central Unified Union School District (3-year term)
ARTICLE 11: Shall the Town of Woodstock appropriate the sum of five hundred ($500) to Green Mountain RSVP & Volunteer Center of Windsor County to develop opportunities for people age 55 and older to positively impact the quality of life in the community of Woodstock through volunteer service.
ARTICLE 12: Shall the Town appropriate the sum of three thousand two hundred forty-seven dollars ($3,247) to help support outpatient mental health, and substance abuse services by the staff of Health Care and Rehabilitation Services, Inc. (HCRS).
ARTICLE 13: Shall the Town vote to appropriate and raise by property taxes, the sum of fifty-one thousand two hundred and fifty dollars ($51,250) for the Norman Williams Public Library to help support the operations and maintenance of the library. These funds are over and above the budgeted support that the Town provides to this library Fiscal Year 2020-2021.
ARTICLE 14: Shall the Town of Woodstock appropriate the sum of thirty thousand dollars ($30,000) for the Ottauquechee Health Foundation (OHF). OHF is a nonprofit community resource that provides funding and support for individuals with limited financial means to help meet critical health and wellness needs such as medical and dental care, eyeglasses, hearing aids, dentures, prescription copayments and short-term caregiver services.
ARTICLE 15: Shall the Town of Woodstock vote to raise, appropriate and expend the sum of forty-two thousand dollars ($42,000) for the support of Pentangle Arts to provide services to the residents and students of the Town of Woodstock.
ARTICLE 16: Shall the Town raise and appropriate the sum of one thousand five hundred dollars ($1,500) for the support of Senior Solutions (formally Council on Aging for Southeastern Vermont) for help to support seniors and their families who are trying to remain at home and not be placed in a nursing home.
ARTICLE 17: Shall the Town appropriate the sum of three thousand dollars ($3,000) to Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA) to assist Woodstock in responding to the emergency needs of the community and providing all available and applicable services to families and individuals in need.
ARTICLE 18: Shall the Town appropriate the sum of one thousand two hundred fifty dollars ($1,250) to support programming of the Spectrum Teen Center. Our objective is to engage teens in healthy activities and make youth feel supported, welcomed, and included. There is no charge to attend our program.
ARTICLE 19: Shall the Town raise and appropriate the sum of one thousand four hundred sixty-six dollars ($1,466) for the support of The Public Health Council of the Upper Valley to help continuing public health coordination for residents in the areas of Substance Misuse, Elder Care, Oral Health, Emergency Preparedness, and Healthy Living.
ARTICLE 20: Shall the Town vote to raise and appropriate from the general fund the sum of twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) to help support the home health, maternal and child health, and hospice care provided in patients’ homes and in community settings by the Visiting Nurse and Hospice for VT and NH.
ARTICLE 21: Shall the Town of Woodstock appropriate the sum of two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500) for Windsor County Mentors, for youth mentoring services provide to the children in Windsor County.
ARTICLE 22: Shall the Town raise and appropriate the sum of two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500) to support the mission of WISE (Women’s Information Services, Inc.) in providing free crisis intervention and support services to victims of domestic and sexual violence and stalking.
ARTICLE 23: Shall the Town of Woodstock vote to appropriate the sum of forty thousand four hundred dollars ($40,400) as the Town’s share of service for the Woodstock Area Council on Aging to run the Thompson Senior Center. The Thompson Senior Center is an important community resource – providing daily meals, medical and area transportation, and an array of health, educational and social services that assist residents to age well.
ARTICLE 24: Shall the Town raise and appropriate the sum of two thousand eight hundred dollars ($2,800) for the support of the Woodstock Area Job Bank to connect individuals and businesses with members of our community who are seeking work and volunteer opportunities.
ARTICLE 25: Shall the Town of Woodstock vote to appropriate the sum of six thousand dollars ($6,000) for Woodstock WCTV8 Public Access Television to help support coverage of ongoing events within the Town of Woodstock.
Dated at Woodstock, County of Windsor, State of Vermont on this 28th day of January 2021.
By the Select Board members of the Town of Woodstock:
Mary Riley, Chair
Jill M Davies
F. Charles Degener, III
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NOTICE TO VOTERS
Woodstock residents not on the voter checklist may register to vote at the Town Clerk’s office in the Town Hall.
Absentee ballots are available from the Town Clerk prior to 4:30 P.M. on February 26, 2021. A voter who expects to be an early or absentee voter may apply for an early voter absentee ballot until 4:30 P.M. at the Town Clerk’s office.