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This post will be updated on a regular basis through 2017 Town Meeting

It’s that time of year: if you have any interest in running for local office this year, now is the time to get your petition started. The following positions will be up for election at 2017 Town Meeting on March 7th:

Town Moderator, 1-year term
School District Moderator, 1-year term
Town Clerk, 1 of 3-year term
Selectboard Member, 3-year term
Selectboard Member, 2-year term
Lister, 3-year term
Auditor, 3-year term
First Constable, 1-year term
Second Constable, 1-year term
Cemetery Commissioner, 5-year term
Planning Commissioner, 3-year term
Planning Commissioner, 3-year term
Planning Commissioner, 3-year term
EM Elementary School Director, 3-year term
EM Elementary School Director, 2-year term
U-32 School Director, 3-year term

We haven’t seen any petitions as yet for the auditor position, the School Director 2-year term, or the U-32 position and, of course, multiple candidates for any of the positions is never a bad thing. Petitions for elected office, with a minimum of 1% valid signatures from the current voter checklist for East Montpelier, are due to Town Clerk CJ Flynn by 5 p.m. on Monday, January 30th. CJ recommends getting 25 signatures to ensure you have enough valid signatures from East Montpelier registered voters.

Petitions for proposed articles on the 2017 Town Meeting Warning, with a minimum of 5% valid signatures, are due to CJ by 5 p.m. on Thursday, January 19th; CJ recommends at least 125 signatures for these petitions.

If you have any questions about any election issues, such as the petition process, 2017 Town Meeting voting, or voter registration, please contact CJ at the town office (eastmonttct@comcast.net; 223-3313 x 201). You can also visit the Secretary of State’s “My Voter Page” to register or simply check on your registration: My Voter Page

More information on 2017 Town Meeting is on the town’s website at: 2017 Town Meeting Posted now are blank copies of both types of petitions and the information on getting into the annual EM Signpost town meeting issue. We’ll continue to post materials as they become available.

Volunteers are always welcome to help with Town Meeting Day’s potluck lunch. You can see Coordinator Sue Racanelli’s notice here: 2017 Town Meeting Potluck Information

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The East Montpelier Selectboard will hold a regular meeting on January 16, 2017, 7:00 p.m. at the Emergency Services Facility (the new fire station; 54 Village Acres). Immediately prior to the meeting (6:00 p.m.; also at the ESF), the Selectboard will conduct a public hearing on proposed amendments to the East Montpelier Charter.

2017 EM Charter Amendment Hearing Notice
January 16, 2017 SB Agenda
January 16, 2017 SB Annotated Agenda

Documents of Interest:

2016 EMCC Report
EM Charter with Proposed EMCC Amendments (tracked)
EM Charter with Proposed EMCC Amendments (clean)
EM Charter Proposal with Draft Selectboard Alterations (tracked: EMCC blue; Selectboard red)
EM Charter Proposal with Draft Selectboard Alterations (clean)
FY2018 Preliminary Budget
2017 Draft Town Meeting Warning
Draft 2016 SB Report

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At its August 1, 2016 meeting, the East Montpelier Selectboard set the property tax rates for the period July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017 as follows:

  • Resident (homestead) tax rate: 2.5509; down 0.0070 (0.27%) from last year
  • Non-resident tax rate: 2.2198; up 0.0064 (0.29%) from last year

Tax Rate FY2017 Worksheet

Tax bills were sent out in late August. If you haven’t received your property tax bill, need another copy, or have questions about payments, please contact Town Treasurer Don Welch at (802) 223-3313×207 or eastmonttr@comcast.net. If you have questions or issues that could more appropriately be handled at the state level, please contact Vermont Taxpayer Services at (802) 828-2865.

The first installment was due by 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 15, 2016.

The second installment will be due by 5:00 p.m. Monday, May 15, 2017.

Payments must be received (postmark is not sufficient) by 5:00 p.m. at the Municipal Office Building, 40 Kelton Road, on the due date.

The Town of East Montpelier now offers two programs for electronic payment of taxes: our direct debit program and a payment portal for credit & debit cards along with eChecks.

Direct Debit Tax Payments

Noble Pay Portal

2016 Grand List [December 27, 2016 Update] (a search box will appear by typing, at the same time, the “Control” & “F” keys)

2016 East Montpelier Grand List
2016 East Montpelier Tax Exempt Properties
2016 East Montpelier State-owned Properties