Town Accepting Employment Applications

The Town of Manchester is accepting employment applications for the following positions: Executive Assistant, Finance Assistant, part-time Emergency Dispatcher and part-time seasonal Recreation Assistant.

For more information visit: Please direct questions to Leslie Perra, Human Resources and Operations Administrator, at or 802-362-1313, option 2.

The Civil War and the Equinox Guards historic presentation

The 2014 Fourth of July presentation, “The Civil War and the Equinox Guards,” is dedicated to Manchester’s long-serving Town Clerk Linda Spence, who passed away this year. The presentation was debuted on July 4, 2014 as part of the Town of Manchester’s annual Fourth of July celebration.  Funding for this project came from an Education and Outreach grant from the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership.


Cyrus Hard – Louis Bronson

Douglas Dyer – Ace Burtonboy

Levi C. Orvis, Jr. – Connor Eastman (Long Trail School student)

George Sessions – David Quesnel

Capt. Charles Dudley – Wayne E. Bell

The Manchester Journal Editor – Andrew McKeever


“Battle Hymn of the Republic” – The Dorset Church Choir

“When Johnny Comes Marching Home” – Will Mosheim and Jamie Lee

“Battle Cry of Freedom” – Jane Wood


Produced by the Town of Manchester

Written and Directed by John O’Keefe

Narration and Sound Editing by Greg Cutler and Birchtree Productions

Final Sound Editing, Music Recording and Sound Effects by Ryan McBride and McBride Sound Design

Director of Historic Research Richard Smith


Hildene and Brian L. Knight, Jim Brangan and the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership, The Manchester Journal, Long Trail School, the Manchester Police Department and Chief Michael Hall, Manchester Fire Department and Chief Philip Bourn, Ioana Drew and Tricia Hayes, the Manchester Parks and Recreation Department and its employees, Manchester VFW Post 6471, Liana Van De Water, Atlas PyroVision, the Dorset Church, and the Manchester Historic Society.

2014 First Quarter Local Option Tax Revenues Increase Again

The Town of Manchester released local option tax revenue figures for the first calendar quarter of 2014.

Overall, revenues increased $12,978 or 5.95% compared to the same quarter in 2013. For 2014 the Town collected $230,930 in local option tax revenues, compared to $217,951 for the same quarter in 2013. This comes after a 3.78% increase in the last quarter of 2013 and a 6.24% increase in the third quarter of 2013.

Sales tax revenue was $160,814, up from $146,266 for the same quarter in 2013. This represents an increase of $14,548, or 9.95%. Meals, rooms, alcohol tax revenue was $70,116, down slightly from $71,685 for the same quarter in 2013 after ten consecutive quarters of positive growth compared to the same quarter in the previous year. The decrease is $1,569, or 2.19%.

The increase in local option tax revenues is good news for two reasons. First, revenues help to reduce the local property taxburden. For the current fiscal year Manchester has the 19th lowest municipal tax rate in Vermont. Second, increases in tax revenues mean increases in economic activity on Main Street (and Depot Street).

Water Department Consumer Confidence Report Now Available

The Town of Manchester Water Department is committed to providing a safe and dependable supply of drinking water for our residents.

Federal EPA regulations require that water departments throughout the country issue an annual Consumer Confidence Report to all water system customers.  This Water Quality Confidence Report is designed to inform our customers about water quality, supply and service and it is a snapshot of the quality of water that the Town of Manchester provided for January 1 through December 31, 2013.  It also includes the date and results of any contaminants that were detected within the past five years, along with the date of detection and concentration.

2013 Town Report Now Available

The 2013 Town Report – Part A and 2013 Town Report – Part B  are now available online.

This year’s Town Report is dedicated to Sylvia Jolivette. She is a consistent presence at Town board meetings and in particular the Town Meeting. She attends meetings to listen, to ask questions, and “to speak openly and honestly as a voice for the common person and for common sense.”

The 2014 Town Floor Meeting will take place on Saturday, March 1st starting at 1:00 PM at the Manchester Elementary-Middle School.

The 2014 School Floor Meeting will take place on Monday, March 3rd starting at 7:00 PM also at the Manchester Elementary-Middle School.

The 2014 Australian Balloting portion of the 2014 Town Meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 4th from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM.


4th Quarter 2013 Tax Revenues Increase 3.78%

The Town of Manchester released local option tax revenue figures for the fourth calendar quarter of 2013. Overall, revenues increased $9,867 or 3.78% compared to the same quarter in 2012. The fourth quarter increase comes after an even larger 6.24% increase in the third quarter.

Sales tax revenue was $183,885, up from $177,113 for the same quarter in 2012. This represents an increase of $6,772 or 3.82%. Meals, rooms, alcohol tax revenue was $86,690, up from $83,595 for the same quarter in 2012. This represents an increase of $3,095 or 3.70%.

The increase in local option tax revenues is good news for two reasons. First, revenues help to reduce the local property tax burden. For the current fiscal year Manchester has the 19th lowest municipal tax rate in Vermont. Second, increases in tax revenues mean increases in economic activity on Main Street (and Depot Street).

Town Hosts Downtown Wi-Fi Network

The Town of Manchester is pleased to host a robust downtown Wi-Fi network that extends from the large Roundabout at the intersection of Main Street and Depot Street east on Depot Street to RK Miles, on Main Street from south of Wyman Lane to approximately Rite Aid and in the historic Depot District.

Downtown Wi-Fi Map

3rd Quarter 2013 Tax Revenues Increase 6.24%

The Town of Manchester released local option revenue figures for third calendar quarter of 2013.

Sales tax revenue was $186,121.36, up from $173,161.04 for the same quarter in 2012. The represents an increase of $12,960.32 or 7.48%. Meals, rooms, alcohol tax revenue was $116,777.98, up from $111,940.20 for the same quarter in 2012. This represents an increase of $4,837.78 or 4.32%.

The combined local option revenues increased 6.24% compared to the same quarter in 2012. This is something to celebrate, since it equates to a real upturn in economic activity on Main Street.

Unsung Heroes Celebrated (2014)

Do you know a community volunteer who has made an extraordinary contribution to the quality of life in our greater Manchester community?

One of the positive annual events associated with our community is the recognition of volunteerism through the Manchester and the Mountains Community Service “Unsung Hero” Award. This grassroots event began twenty years ago. Originally sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, it has recognized the contributions of local heroes. Today the Community Recognition Committee of the Manchester Selectboard accepts nominations for the annual award. Letters of nomination will be accepted by mail or email until November 30, 2016. The Town plans to hold a ceremony in early December.

The Community Service Award began in 1989. While sitting around the family table over breakfast at the Quality Restaurant a conversation between some regulars went something like this: “Isn’t it a shame that the people that do all the work usually don’t get the credit. We ought to have an award for those people.” This random observation was the genesis of what became known as the “Unsung Hero Award”.

Each year since 1991 a committee has accepted nominations and chosen those they felt best exemplified selfless community service. Some years it was one person, some years as many as five. The names of all these heroes, these recipients of the Manchester and the Mountains Community Service Award appear on a plaque which hangs in our Town Hall Meeting Room.

These are the people who work quietly, often behind the scenes. These are the people our community counts on to make happen all the ideas that spawn the events that make these valley and mountain towns such wonderful places to live and raise families. These are your volunteers, your chairpersons, your coaches, board members, the plain-clothes soldiers who do the grunt work and don’t often get their picture in the paper.  These are the people who when you ask for help put their hand up, step forward, or quietly make things happen without a motive other than helping their neighbors and their community

The Selectboard, recognizing that this is an important event identified with our Town and community, assumed guardianship of this annual recognition in 2008. They created the Community Recognition committee that coordinates this and associated tasks involving citizen recognition. 

Please consider nominating a worthy candidate by send a letter or email to:

Wayne E. Bell, Chair

Town of Manchester, VT

Manchester Selectboard Community Recognition Committee

6039 Main Street

Manchester Center VT 05255


Past award recipients include:

1989 – Gordon and Beatty Gill; Linda Spence; Dick Rizio

1990 – Wayne Bell; Don Johnson; Ray and Lesley Purdy

1991 – Pete Cobb; Betty Clayton; Huguette Peck; Bill Drunsic

1992 – Helen Eaton; Fred Hansen; Clarence Decker; Ann Pierce

1993 – Rabbi Michael Cohen; Mary Nevin; Brian Hill

1994 – Marion Gaudette; Howard Wechsler; Gerrit Kouwenhoven

1995 – Maggie Ellis

1996 – Patti Barnes; Marshall Peck; Bill Weeks

1997 – Tara Dowden; Martha Roth Stevenson; Terry Tyler; Carol Lattuga

1998 – Donald Dorr; Patty Bourhill; Zoe Dailey; Jim Hand; Gail Busl

1999 – Seth Bongartz; Jenny Davis; Geoff Chapman

2000 – Patricia Carmichael; Paul Beaulieu; Joanna  Taylor

2001 – Dom Penge; Bonnie Kilburn

2002 – Jack Clark

2003 – Dave Pardo

2004 – Martha Thompson

2005 – Len and Becky Kotler

2006 – No Presentation

2007 – No Presentation

2008 – Ray and Marie Ferrarin; Mary Miner

2009 – Kaki Fisher

2010 – Emmy McCusker; David Bentley

2011 – Lou and Patty Midura; Joe Charbonneau

2012 – Roger and Penny Preuss; Lani Lovisa

2013 – Karen Allen; Lysa Cross; Beverly Van Sickle

2014 – Bill and Becky Burke; Carl Molenhoff; Fred Hilliard; Robert W. Thompson

2015 – Shawn Harrington

Manchester Has 19th Lowest Tax Rate

The Town of Manchester, for Fiscal Year 2014, has the 19th lowest Municipal Tax Rate for the State of Vermont. Manchester’s Municipal Tax Rates for Fiscal Year 2014 is $0.2199. Among municipalities with more than 3,000 residents, Manchester ranks third behind Rutland Town and Charlotte.

The analysis included town or city municipal taxes, special taxes levied by municipalities, such as fire, highway and police services as well as voted appropriations to social service agencies. The comparison did not include village taxes assessed by separate incorporated villages, including Manchester Village.

Fiscal Year 2014 Municipal Tax Rates and Populations

#19 – Manchester: $0.2199 (population 4,391)
#18 – Morgan: $0.2192 (749)
#17 – Sheffield: $0.1987 (703)
#16 – Fayston: $0.1954 (1,353)
#15 – Woodford: $0.1920 (424)
#14 – Rutland (Town): $0.1778 (4,054)
#13 – Charlotte: $0.1670 (3,754)
#12 – Averill: $0.1344 (24)
#11 – Averys Gore: $0.1344 (0)
#10 – Ferdinand: $0.1344 (32)
#9 – Lewis: $0.1344 (0)
#8 – Warners Grant: $0.1344 (0)
#7 – Warren Gore: $0.1344 (4)
#6 – Stratton $0.1330 (216)
#5 – Glastenbury: $0.1200 (8)
#4 – Brunswick: $0.0500 (112)
#3 – Victory: $0.0192 (62)
#2 – Lowell: $0.0000 (879)
#1 – Coventry: $0.000 (1,086)

In Bennington County, only Glastenbury and Woodford have tax rates lower than the Town of Manchester. Other comparable so-called “sending towns” under Act 60 are: Killington ($0.2889), Stowe ($0.3823) and Woodstock ($0.3670).