Scoggins, Dexter, Hall re-elected in Shaftsbury

SHAFTSBURY — Select Board member Tim Scoggins has retained his seat, as have Town Clerk Marlene Hall and Treasurer Melanie Dexter.

Scoggins received 393 votes while challenger Ed Corey received 174. Scoggins has served on the board since his appointment in 2013 to fill the seat vacated by Craig Bruder and has been chairman since 2014. The seat is a two-year term.

Former School Board member Holly Bahan was running against both Hall and Dexter. Hall received 473 votes in the clerk race to Bahan's 131 and Dexter received 424 votes to Bahan's 170. Hall was elected last year to fill the last year of Judy Stratton's three-year term, while Dexter was elected in 2015 to her first three-year term.

In his campaign, Scoggins listed some of the town's accomplishments. "While keeping expenses and taxes nearly flat, we have still manged to: More than double capital improvements for roads; Make major improvements to parks, including resurfacing the tennis courts and drilling a well to provide drinking water; Establish an equipment reserve fund so that future highway equipment is purchased with savings and not debt; Provide for an external audit of town finances every year; and Improve communications with a new phone system and a new website," he said. "This next year will also see the construction of a Public Works garage, a goal of the town's Select Boards for nine years."

"In the three years that I have served the Town of Shaftsbury in the role of treasurer, I have continued the work of my predecessor, Bill Fisk, in modernizing and professionalizing the office," said Dexter. "The treasurer is now required to master several modules of a sophisticated fund accounting computer program. In addition, the Town has now instituted a regime of annual professional external audits, which it falls largely on the Treasurer to facilitate. In the past year, I worked with the town administrator to acquire the $1.1 million bond for the Town garage. I am currently finalizing a plan to provide a service to allow residents to pay fees and taxes by credit card, at no cost to the town. My top goals if I am re-elected include continuing the ongoing process of tightening internal controls and seeing through the big projects currently in the works."

"My top goal would be to keep this office organized and running smoothly," said Hall. "Long term, I have the goal of digitizing our land records (this has been started) so that we don't have to take the books in and out of the vault as often as we do now. This will protect the books for generations to come. I don't ever want to do away with land records books, as I think it's very important that we have the written records, but having them digitized is important."

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


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