SHAFTSBURY -- The Select Board signed a warning to the residents of Shaftsbury on Monday, informing the voting public that a special vote has been scheduled for Dec. 3.
The vote will center on the town's request that bonds be issued to finance a new town garage and salt shed, in an amount not exceeding $995,000. The original request earlier this year was for $1. 55 million, and was voted down in March. The text of the warning is as follows: "The inhabitants of Shaftsbury qualified by law to vote at Town Meeting are hereby notified and warned to meet at the Buck Hill Road Fire Station, 166 Buck Hill Road, Tuesday December 3, 2013 between 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM to vote by Australian Ballot on the following:
Article A: Shall the bonds of the Town of Shaftsbury in an amount not to exceed Nine Hundred Ninety-Five Thousand Dollars ($995,000) be issued for the purpose of construction of a new Shaftsbury Town Garage, salt shed, access road, and related infrastructure on town-owned land adjacent to the Shaftsbury Transfer Station on North Road?
State funds are not currently available for this project. It is unknown whether any state construction aid will be available for this project in the future. If funds do become available (which we do not anticipate) they will be used to offset bonded indebtedness on the project with the payment of debt service thereon. The Town assumes responsibility for all costs incurred in connection with all temporary and permanent borrowing for this Project.
The legal voters of the Town of Shaftsbury, Vermont are further notified that an informational meeting will be held on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 7:00 PM at Cole Hall, 61 Buck Hill Road, for the purpose of explaining the subject proposed renovations and the financing thereof.
Article B: To elect:
1. One Selectboard member to serve the remainder of a 3 year term expiring in March 2015;
2. One Selectboard member to serve the remainder of a 2 year term expiring in March 2015."
All five members of the Selectboard signed the warning. The language on the Dec. 3 ballot will reflect the language in the warning.
The deadline for submitting petitions to run for the Selectboard vacancies was Monday at 5 p.m. According to Town Administrator Margy Becker, only currently serving members Tim Scoggins and Mitch Race submitted petitions.
Any Shaftsbury resident who is eligible but not currently registered vote has until 5 p.m. on Nov. 27 to submit an application to the Town Clerk to be eligible to vote in the Dec. 5 election. Any voter who will be unable to make the polls may apply to the town clerk for an early voter ballot until 5 p.m. on Dec. 2.
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