Thursday, January 26, 2017

Springfield boards OK $11.2M

Voters will have to weigh whether to approve a town budget that calls for a spending increase of 2.1 percent, but will require a slightly bigger increase in property taxes.

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Springfield budget up 1.5 percent 
The proposed 2017- 18 town budget is $11.18 million, which shows a $166,085 increase over last year and reflects a 1.5 percent spending increase.


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16 comments :

  1. keep buying/tearing down buildings and take them off the tax base,then make the other taxpayers cover the cost,maybe the town should find ways to save money,why does the PD need another dispatcher and i ask again,does anybody know if the town manager lives in Springfield ?

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    1. It will help the tax base over time. Improving the appearance of the area is a good thing. Stop being so negative.

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    2. Blight like a cancer spreads. It devalues and consumes neighboring homes and business. The very best solutions are: * Aggressively remove blighted structures.
      * Encourage "approved" redevelopment with tax breaks and low interest loans. (The properties pay little or nothing now, so why not bank on the future?)
      * Prohibit further expansion of low income housing, especially without parking. (The properties on Park Street hill are beyond disgusting.)
      * Tax low income, revenue generating properties at a level consistent to the misery they inflict upon the community.
      * Enforce zoning. (Yeah, someone has to do their job.)
      * Publicly post names of non complying property owners. (By default, Will Hunter has earned permanent recognition.)

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    3. been going on for years now,how much has it helped ? I'm sure tearing down building's so you can see more of the black river is a big attractant to people wanting to come to town

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  2. You mean it costs almost 3 times as much to run the school as it does the town ?

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    1. Well, look at the town; not much being done, while a top-heavy bureaucracy runs the schools. Vermont needs to re-structure its school system, and eliminate local school boards.

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    2. @ 6:42, I'm inclined to agree, Springfield doesn't have sufficient, professional population to field competent, Selectboard candidates. Think about it, our school board chairman has no corporate management experience, yet she is entrusted with a $29M budget? Absurd by any definition.

      We spend more per student and get worse results than any other school system. Yet, no one asks why.

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    3. The competence, or lack thereof, was not my point. I'm saying local school boards should be eliminated in favor of county, or even regional boards. There's no reason to have so many board members in charge of so few students.

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    4. Once again facts are stated that are not true! The chairman of the School Board is a male, not female and has had corporation experience.

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  3. The longer I live in Springfield, the more I hate everything about it. Never lived in a town as disfunctional as this. At all levels of government. No more excuses- town property owners are being screwed at every chance the town can do it to them.

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    1. Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out!

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    2. I'm sure he won't. As snarky as the comment was, it was not entirely without merit. This town has more than its share of problems; people with bad attitudes is one of them!

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    3. really..guess you don't care...2 less property owners that pay tax, 2 less business owners. Will be replaced with more of the same, those who pay no property tax and contribute nothing to the local economy. This is the problem why so many people leave and so many young people choose to live elsewhere. I am sure Anonymous 5:59 you are a stellar representation of Springfields finest.

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  4. If you attend the selectboard mtgs (or SAPA) you may notice we have an incredible town manager. Things are turning around.

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    1. what's turning around ?

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