Full Coverage: Town Meeting Day 2014
VPR News covers town meetings statewide, on air and online. Get town by town results of the votes on school and town budgets plus the resolutions on the public bank.
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Bob Kinzel hosted a live two-hour broadcast recapping town meetings statewide:
- Follow VPR News reporters on Twitter and Vermont's town meeting hashtag, #TMDVT.
- Follow the VPR timeline of Town Meeting Day 2014 using Storify [see Editor's Note].
And in case you missed it, here's a helpful primer: "Everything You Need To Know About Town Meeting."
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Voters in several of Vermont's larger communities have rejected school budgets, John Dillon reports, sending a message to local school boards and perhaps to Montpelier that the proposed tax rates were too high. Complete school budget results here.
A public bank resolution passes in most towns that consider it. Steve Zind reports that unofficial results indicate that most communities that took up a non-binding resolution calling on the legislature to establish a public bank approved it.
In Montpelier, one of the most contentious municipal races of the year ended Tuesday night when Montpelier Mayor John Hollar defeated challenger Gwen Hallsmith, as Peter Hirschfeld reports.
Meanwhile, Vernon is poised to continue its Town Meeting for the third night in a row, after slashing the town police's force from the budget Tuesday night and narrowly defeating the town's $4.4 million school budget. Susan Keese reports that at the end of an evening marked by points of order, paper ballots and heavy debate about the future of the town after the departure of Vermont Yankee, voters agreed to meet again for a third installment of town meeting Wednesday night.
And Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger joined Mitch Wertlieb for a discussion Wednesday morning about the results of Burlington's votes, among them an approval of three gun control measures, a green light to fund the rehabilitation of the defunct waterfront Moran Plant, and the rejection of the city's school budget.
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Amy Kolb Noyes reports that Wolcott has filled three positions and eliminated one:
Amy has been following the trend of towns eliminating positions like auditor for Public Post.
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Steve Zind reported from Rochester's Monday night meeting that "the most heat was generated by the topic of ambulance service for the town."
In Braintree, Zind observed that "other business" generated the most discussion:
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VPR statehouse reporter Pete Hirschfeld is reporting from town meeting in Montpelier, including developments in the heated mayoral race.
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Angela Evancie reports that voters in three Addison County town meetings – Cornwall, Shoreham and Monkton – "sent a strong message of opposition to Phase II of the Vermont Gas pipeline."
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