The Selectboard unanimously approved the Fiscal Year 2016 budget, which is now ready for consideration by the 2015 Town Meeting. Click here to view a copy of the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget as approved by Selectboard.

The Selectboard, at its January 22, 2015 meeting approved the Warning for the 2015 Town Meeting. Below is an UNOFFICIAL copy of the 2015 Town Meeting warning.

WARNING

TOWN OF MANCHESTER ANNUAL TOWN MEETING (2015) 

Legal Voters of the Town of Manchester, County of Bennington, State of Vermont, are hereby warned and notified of the following events relating to the Annual Meeting of the Town:

 Floor Meeting:            Beginning at 1:00 P.M. on the 28th day of February (Saturday), 2015 the so-called floor portion of the annual Town Meeting will convene at the Manchester Elementary-Middle School gymnasium (80 Memorial Avenue) to transact any business not involving voting by Australian ballot or voting required by law to be by ballot.

ARTICLE 1.   To hear and act upon the report of the Town Officers, acknowledgments and presentation of awards.

ARTICLE 2.   To determine by vote the day taxes shall be payable and what discount, if any, shall be allowed, if paid on or before the time specified, and what interest shall be charged for delinquency.

ARTICLE 3.   Shall the Town vote $4,692,920 to defray expenses of the Town for the ensuing year, less anticipated non-property tax revenue, plus any voted appropriations?

ARTICLE 4.   Shall the Town vote to transfer all Fiscal Year 2016 local option tax revenues in excess of $1,140,000 into the Property Tax Relief Reserve Fund; provided that, in the case of a deficiency in local option tax revenues, funds from the Property Tax Relief Reserve Fund may be used to offset the deficit; provided further, the amount transferred from the Property Tax Relief Reserve Fund to the General Fund and Fiscal Year 2016 local option tax revenues shall not exceed a total of $1,140,000?

ARTICLE 5.   Shall the Town vote to authorize the use of up to $100,000 in Fiscal Year 2016 from the Capital Improvement Reserve and Contingency Fund for the purpose of purchasing a work truck for the department of public works?

ARTICLE 6.   Shall the Town vote to appropriate $6,000 to the Town’s parks and recreation department for the Fourth of July fireworks celebration during Fiscal Year 2016?

ARTICLE 7.   Shall the Town vote to appropriate $4,000 to the Town’s parks and recreation department for two street festivals on Main Street during Fiscal Year 2016?

ARTICLE 8.   Shall the Town vote to appropriate an additional $10,000 to the Town’s economic development office for the marketing initiative during Fiscal Year 2016?

ARTICLE 9.   Shall the Town vote to exempt from taxation, for a period not to exceed five (5) years, the real estate of the Masonic Lodge Temple, located at 138 Spruce Street in the Town of Manchester?

ARTICLE 10. Shall the Town vote to appropriate $420 for the support of the Vermont Center for Independent Living?

ARTICLE 11. Shall the Town vote to appropriate $500 for the support of the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired?

ARTICLE 12. Shall the Town vote to appropriate $1,000 for the support of The Collaborative?

ARTICLE 13. Shall the Town vote to appropriate the sum of $1,500 to support Neighbor to Neighbor?

ARTICLE 14. Shall the Town vote to appropriate $1,811 for the support of the Community Action in Southwestern Vermont?

ARTICLE 15. Shall the Town vote to appropriate $1,850 for the support of the Project Against Violent Encounters?

ARTICLE 16. Shall the Town vote to appropriate $2,000 for the support of the Center for Restorative Justice? 

ARTICLE 17. Shall the Town vote to appropriate $2,000 for the support of the Greater Northshire Access Television?

ARTICLE 18. Shall the Town vote to appropriate $2,400 for the support of the Bennington Area Habitat for Humanity?

ARTICLE 19. Shall the Town vote to appropriate $2,500 for the support of the Tutorial Center?

ARTICLE 20. To transact any other business appropriate to come before Town Meeting.

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Voting by Ballot:        Between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 7:00 P.M. on the 3rd day of March (Tuesday), 2015 the polls will be open at the Manchester Town Hall (6039 Main Street) to transact any business involving voting by Australian Ballot or voting required by law to be by ballot.

ARTICLE 21. Shall the Town vote to appropriate $3,250 for the support of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program?

ARTICLE 22. Shall the Town vote to appropriate $4,000 for the support of the Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging?

ARTICLE 23. Shall the Town vote to appropriate $198,000 for the support of the Manchester Community Library?

ARTICLE 24. To elect Town Officers for the ensuing year.

Warning adopted by the Selectboard and posted by Town Clerk on January 22, 2015:

Ivan C. Beattie, Chair                       

Wayne E. Bell, Vice-Chair                

Carol M. Lattuga                           

Steven A. Nichols

Lisa A. Souls