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Fayston re-elects officials, does not change tax due date

Fayston voters amicably re-elected all their town officials and officers before spending a long time discussing whether to change when taxes are due. Resident Rick Rayfield made a motion to amend Article 6, which fixes the date when taxes are due and delinquent. He asked that the select board change the way tax notices are printed so that taxes are due on a specific date, rather than delinquent after November 1.

His fellow townspeople amended his amendment twice, leading the town and moderator Dave Jones down a complicated path into Robert's Rules of Order – from which they emerged with the original article intact and the amendments all voted down.

Fayston's Article 13 called for the town to "eliminate the office of Trustees of Public Money as this pertains to towns that retain possession of a portion of the surplus funds of the United States, received under the Act of 1836, of which Fayston has none."

Article 14 called for voters to elect a Trustee of Public Money for a three-year term. Voters put Judy DiMario in that office and passed over Article 13.

An article calling for the creation of a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) district was voted down, after discussion, as well as an article calling for the establishment of a public bank in Vermont.

Fayston voters OK'd the town selling two parcels of land, one off Henry's Way and the other off Bassett Hill.

By voice vote, voters approved their $1,112,942 town budget and by paper ballot voters approved their school budget of $1,714,844 by a vote of 55-11.

Fayston voters also joined their select board in thanking longtime town resident (and nature columnist for The Valley Reporter) Ann Day for her 60 years of civic duty in Fayston. Day has been election clerk, justice of the peace and a member of the board of civil authority. Fayston dedicated its town report this year to the late Arthur Williams who died last December.


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