Town Ballot Items

The Town's elected Selectboard has proposed one Town article to be voted on by ballot this year, the Town Municipal Services Budget. You will find additional information below.

BALLOT QUESTIONS 

Town Municipal Services Budget (Article 13)

“Shall the voters of the Town of Colchester approve total general fund expenditures of Fifteen Million, Nine Hundred Thirty-Seven Thousand, Two Hundred Seventeen Dollars ($15,937,217) of which Thirteen Million, Three Hundred Ninety-Four Thousand, One Hundred Ninety-Four Dollars ($13,394,194) shall be raised by taxes and Two Million, Five Hundred Forty-Three Thousand, Twenty-Four Dollars ($2,543,024) by non-tax revenues for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2024 through June 30, 2025?”

  • Estimated to increase the municipal service tax rate by 4.6 %
  • Maintains current level of municipal services and addresses: 1) additional resource needs in the Colchester Police Department due to having the highest rate of calls per officer of any department in Chittenden County; 2) expanding needs in public safety and other town departments to address increased cybersecurity threats, departmental specific software and network connectivity; 3) additional human resource staff to address a sustained higher rate of employee turnover due to societal changes; and 4) funding for the fourth full-time firefighter that was hired in June 2023 but not included in the FY24 budget
  • Residential Property Value Impact: For a property valued at $300,000, the increase would be $84/year or $1.962/week
  • Summary of the Proposed FY25 Budget
  • Budget Document Page (Budget Presentation, Revenues, Expenses, and Budget by Area of Expenditure)
  • If you have any questions, please contact Renae Marshall, Deputy Town Manager at rmarshall@colchestervt.gov or by phone at 802-264-5509.