10:00 a.m. in the Town Office building.
DATE: 16 January, 2020
PRESENT: Charles Piso, Ann Kuendig, Matt Corron, Sarah Gallagher
Finalization of 2020 town budget and warning.
Charles called the meeting to order at 10:02 a.m.
The estimated tax rate with all proposed warned items sits at .65, without the school tax which is not yet available from the State. Some items will need to be reduced or eliminated altogether. The contingency fund has a small balance and will eventually be reimbursed by FEMA for the April flooding, though it is unknown at this time whether that will occur in 2020 or 2021. This request will be removed in its entirety, hoping there will be no emergencies before it is reimbursed by FEMA.
The Town Hall request is reduced from $40,000 to $30,000, as there is $10,000 in reserve funds for this project.
Village Green paving will not occur now until at least 2021, so we will not add to this fund in 2020.
The PVFR request for funding for extrication equipment is removed for this year, and the request for SCBA equipment is reduced to $4000.00. Nearby departments have extrication equipment and it was felt the SCBA request was more important. The requested amount for the fire truck fund was reduced to $2500.
The Highway department request for $45,000 to be placed in the truck reserve fund was reduced to $20,000, recognizing that the truck is seeing more repairs and will need to be replaced, the board hopes that George can get it through another year.
The Library increase is largely due to the addition of the Interlibrary Loan Courier, their budget request was reduced by $1000. The line item for Lister Training will be level funded.
Petition regarding changes to the parking ordinance cannot be a warned item per VLCT as it is a public safety issue. The board will raise for discussion at town meeting and consider possible changes. Petition regarding ban of commercial sale of cannabis and related products did not have enough signatures, but will likely be raised for discussion at town meeting.
Charles will prepare information regarding total taxpayer support of the PVFR and RCML for 2019 and 2020. He will notify departments of changes to budget requests.
Motion to adjourn passed at 12:04 p.m. (Charles/Matt).
Secretary pro tem
s/Charles Piso, chair