Town Ballot Items

Malletts Bay Sewer Project (Article 7)

“Shall revenue bonds or notes of the Town of Colchester in the amount of $11,500,000.00 be issued under Chapter 101 and Subchapter 2 of Chapter 53 of Title 24, Vermont Statutes Annotated, payable only from available grants-in-aid and net revenues derived from the Town’s public sewer system over a period not to exceed thirty years, for improvements with a total estimated cost of $16,700,000.00 to the Town’s public sewer system, specifically the construction of a sewer system in the Malletts Bay area?”

Interview Regarding the Budget and Ballot items, below.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are four articles to be voted on by ballot this year:

  • Town Municipal Services Budget
  • Re-authorization of Town Park Capital Plan
  • Re-authorization of Town Transportation Capital Plan
  • Malletts Bay Sewer Project

BALLOT QUESTIONS 

Town Municipal Services Budget (Article 4)

“Shall the voters of the Town of Colchester approve total general fund expenditures of Thirteen Million, Eight Hundred Eighty Thousand, Two Hundred Seventeen Dollars ($13,880,217) of which Eleven Million, Seven Hundred Fifty Thousand, Two Hundred Thirty Dollars ($11,750,230) shall be raised by taxes and Two Million, One Hundred Twenty-Nine Thousand, Nine Hundred Eighty-Seven Dollars ($2,129,987) by non-tax revenues for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023?”

  • Estimated to increase the municipal service tax rate by 2.5 %
  • Maintains current level of municipal services and addresses needs of the library digital collection, threats to public trees, Howard Community Outreach workers, employee safety and training, and fire vehicle maintenance
  • Residential Property Value Impact: For a property valued at $300,000, the increase would be $42/year or 81 cents/week
  • Summary of the Proposed FY23 Budget
  • Budget Document Page  (Budget Presentation, Revenues, Expenses, and Budget by Area of Expenditure)
  • If you have any questions please contact Aaron Frank, Town Manager at afrank@colchestervt.gov or by phone at 802-264-5509.

Town Park Capital Plan (Article 5)

“Shall the Town of Colchester reauthorize the Selectboard to maintain a reserve fund accumulating annually through the continuation of the existing tax rate in the amount of $0.005 (one-half cent) per one hundred dollars of assessed property value, for a period of six years, for the purpose of financing the Park Capital Plan?”

  •  Re-authorized at same rate as present
  • Will be used to improve amenities at and conditions of Bayside Park and Skatepark, Airport Park, Fort Ethan Allen, Sunny Hollow Parking Area, and Rossetti Natural Area
  • Explanation of Plan
  • If you have any questions please contact Renae Marshall, Deputy Town Manager at rmarshall@colchestervt.gov or by phone at 802-264-5509.

Town Transportation Capital Plan (Article 6)

“Shall the Town of Colchester reauthorize the Selectboard to maintain a reserve fund accumulating annually through the continuation of the existing tax rate in the amount of $0.023 (two and one-third cents) per one hundred dollars of assessed property value, for a period of six years, for the purpose of financing the Capital Transportation Program?”

  • Re-authorized at same rate as present
  • Will be used to continue design of Bayside Intersection Single Lane Roundabout and sidewalks on Malletts Bay Avenue and East Lakeshore Drive, and the paving of roadways, approximately 21 miles
  • Explanation of Plan
  • If you have any questions please contact Renae Marshall, Deputy Town Manager at rmarshall@colchestervt.gov or by phone at 802-264-5509.