No contested races in Arlington

ARLINGTON — There will be no contests on the ballot in Arlington this March, but voters will still have the opportunity to have a say in how the town's money is spent.

The floor meeting will be held on Monday, March 5 at 7 p.m. in Arlington Memorial Middle and High School's Mack Performing Arts Center. Polls will be open at the school from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. the following day.

On the Select Board, Cynthia Browning is running unopposed for a two-year seat and Daniel Harvey is running unopposed for a three-year seat. Robert Zink is running unopposed for a one-year term on the Arlington School Board, according to Town Clerk Robin Wilcox.

The warning for the meeting includes 42 articles, the first eight of which will be considered at the floor meeting while the rest will appear on the Australian ballot. Among the items that will be voted on the floor are approval of the town's budget, authorizing the Select Board to set a tax rate, and approving the compensation paid to town officers. The town's FY19 budget, if approved, will be just over $1.43 million, an increase of about $71,000, or 5 percent, over the current fiscal year.

Articles 10 through 18 are requests to put money, $138,000 if they are all approved, into the town's Capital Reserve Fund for a variety of projects. The projects include the replacement or repair of the town's fire and highway department trucks and equipment, resurfacing of roads, maintaining bridges and culverts, and the purchase or repair of computers.

Articles 19 through 39 are community appropriations requests, totaling $75,154. The largest requests come from the Arlington Rescue Squad, which is seeking $32,500, and the Martha Canfield Library, which is seeking $19,000. All other requests are under $5,000.

The final three articles ask voters whether or not the following community organizations should be granted an exemption from property taxes for the next five years: Arlington Fire Company #1, the Arlington Lions Club, and the Arlington Community House.

Derek Carson can be reached at, at @DerekCarsonBB on Twitter and 802-447-7567, ext. 122.


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