Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Town OKs budgets, paving, blight declaration

Voters approved everything Tuesday during town meeting balloting, saying 'yes' to the $11 million town budget and the $28 million school budget, as well as an additional $400,000 in paving.


  1. This is ridiculous! Essex, one of the largest towns in Vt. only has a budget of just over 13 million. Springfield is 11 million plus, with a special appropriation of $400,000. How is the payment of the $400,000 payment structured?

    Gary Lashua

    1. But the village of Essex Jct. has a budget of over $800,000...that's why the town budget is so low.

  2. about 40 million dollars in 2 budget's,plus the water and sewer budget that we haven't seen yet,this is a lot of money for a town that has nothing in it

    1. Exactly Anon 7:50 AM. But the town folk keep passing these budgets. The water/sewer bill has quadrupled from when I moved to town 9 years ago. Not to mention that the Springfield School District ranks 171 out of 175. We are 4 spots away from being the worst school system in Vermont and our cost per student is out of line with other areas/cities/states. Did I also mention that 55.5% of the school kids are on the lunch program? It's just absolutely asinine. But let's just throw more money at the problem. That'll fix it. What was it that Einstein said about insanity, "Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

    2. Bob Lombard3/4/16, 11:45 AM

      Looks like most (all?) of the 'special' appropriations were approved too. I wonder: If you don't get a property tax bill - because you rent - do you think you are 'playing with house money'?

    3. James Wormstead3/4/16, 1:03 PM

      Looks like the one that was the closest to being defeated was the one devoted to finding people who were having trouble getting landlord to rent to them spots to live in Springfield.

    4. Anon 10:39 they keep voting because most don't have to pay taxes. Just the select people who own a home and have a job. The American Dream is turning into a freakin nightmare.


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