Tinmouth residents return to town meeting tradition
By SANDI SWITZER
Correspondent | March 05,2013
TINMOUTH — Residents gathering for a traditional town meeting for the first time in several years approved municipal and school budgets.
About 110 citizens spent Saturday afternoon at the Tinmouth Community Center discussing and then approving all proposed budgets and special articles.
Those items had been decided by Australian ballot since residents voted in 2006 to replace the long-standing traditional town meeting with the Australian ballot system of voting.
However, citizens revisited the matter last year and voted to return to a traditional Town Meeting Day for budgets and special articles. Elective offices are still determined by Australian ballot.
“A lot of people were very grateful we were there to sort things out,” Town Clerk Gail Fallar said of the traditional meeting.
The $1,518,375 school budget — up 6.7 percent, or $95,422, more than this year’s budget of $1,422,953 — was approved by an 80-13 vote, according to Fallar.
A special article on switching from Rutland Southwest Supervisory Union to Rutland South Supervisory Union was unanimously approved, she said.
Voters passed the $191,195 town budget and the $430,800 highway spending plan along with a $25,000 special article for extra paving, Fallar said.
An item asking voters to authorize the Select Board to appoint constables was postponed indefinitely when it was determined the matter should be voted by Australian ballot, the town clerk said.
Fallar said the traditional town meeting took about two and a half hours and that included about 20 minutes of community announcements from various groups about upcoming events.