Town of Colchester News and Announcements
DRB Public Hearing - Feb. 25
The Development Review Board will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, February 25 at 7 pm. You can read the full warning here.
Elected Positions on the Ballot in March
Consider Running for an Elected Position! There are a number of positions that will be on the ballot in March. To run for any of the offices you need to submit a petition, stating which office you are running for, and the length of the term. We cannot accept petitions that lack the term of office. If you have questions or would like blank petitions, please contact the Town Clerks Office. Petitions are due Monday, January 26th at 5 pm.
The positions on the ballot in March include: Selectman, 2 yr., currently held by Marc Landry; Selectman, 3 yr., currently held by Nadine Scibek; Town Clerk/Treasurer, 2 yr., currently held by Karen Richard; Moderator, 1 yr., currently held by Jerry Flanagan; School Board, 2 yr., currently held by Christine Shepard; School Board, 3 yr., currently held by Mike Rogers; Champlain Water District Representative, 3 yr., currently held by Karen Richard; and Library Trustee, 5 yr., currently held by Marcia Devino. There are vacancies on the Cemetery Commission, which is transitioning from an elected position to an appointed position with the recent charter changes approved in November, but not yet passed in Legislature. We thank these people for their past commitment and future challenge if they should decide to run again.
Unfortunately, Federal and State tax forms will no longer be available at the Town Clerk's Office and the Burnham Library, because of changes at the IRS and State Tax Department. The library expects to receive 1040/1040A/1040EZ forms, but no instructions or schedules. Here are some tips on where to get forms and instructions:
When ordering by phone or email, please provide 1) your name; 2) mailing address; 3) form number or form name; and 4) daytime phone number.
Local Option Tax Proposal
The Colchester Selectboard is seeking your input on an important issue for our community. We have tried to hold down spending while seeking other revenue sources to reduce the property tax burden on Colchester taxpayers. A Local Option Tax on rooms, meals, sales and alcohol adopted in Williston, South Burlington, Burlington and St. Albans Town has resulted in lower property tax rates in these towns. We are considering this revenue source, of which it is estimated 87 % would be paid by non-residents of Colchester. It is estimated that a Local Option Tax in Colchester could generate as much as $1.2 million per year. The Selectboard has warned two public hearings on January 13 and January 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Meeting Hall, 830 Main Street, Colchester to obtain public input on a proposal to use the Local Option Tax for debt reduction and lowering taxes.
We encourage you to review the information on the Town's website, attend the public hearings, ask questions and share your thoughts about this proposal. The Selectboard will decide whether this proposal is a good business case with a return on investment after the hearings on January 13th and January 27th. On the 27th, we must decide whether to place this issue before the voters at Town Meeting Day on March 3, 2015. Read the full details here.
Current Town Budget Proposal
We've posted a wide range of detailed information about the proposed Town budget for Fiscal Year 2016, from the initial proposal through changes and updates - please take a look here.
How to Stay Informed
Wondering how can you stay informed about your town and schools? Community members can access information about CSD and the Town of Colchester through our regularly updated electronic communications methods, via the Colchester Sun and postings of agendas and hearing notices at the Post Office, Town Clerk's Office, Mazza's General Store, Shaws and the Burnham Library.
The Colchester School Board encourages community participation at their meetings; in fact, the board's agenda solicits comments from the community at every meeting. Join them at Colchester High School on the first and third Tuesday of each month beginning at 7 pm. You can also watch them on Lake Champlain Access Television. Can't make the school board meetings? Click here to submit a question (or e-mail SchoolBoardQuestions@csdvt.org) and enter your contact information and question. During the meeting on the third Tuesday of every month, the school board will review the top questions and themes submitted. We also host and encourage participation in numerous community events in all of your schools throughout the year to foster the collaborative spirit that is so essential to academic excellence.
The Colchester Selectboard meets at 6:30 pm on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at the Colchester Meeting House on Main Street, and LCATV also airs its meetings. When we're all informed, we make a stronger community! Please encourage your friends and family to subscribe to the Spotlight.
Schedule of Public Meetings
We have a new page that's a central point to list the regular schedule and locations for the town's board and committee meetings. You can see it here.
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