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You almost certainly noticed that there were a number of normal voted items missing from the school portion of Town Meeting this year, both on the Australian Ballot side and on the floor. In particular, there were no votes on the U-32 and EMES FY2020 budgets. That is about to be remedied.

Both the East Montpelier Elementary School District and the U-32 School District have called special school district meetings for Tuesday, April 9, 2019. There will be an Australian Ballot vote on both the EMES budget and the U-32 budget & regular items in the EMES library from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. There will also be a standard school meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the EMES gymnasium to handle floor vote items.

April 9, 2019 School Election Notice to Voters
April 9, 2019 Voter Checklist (as of 03/11/19)

April 9, 2019 EMES School Meeting Warning
April 9, 2019 U-32 School Meeting Warning

There will be an information meeting on Thursday, April 4, 2019, 5:30 p.m. at EMES for the EMES budget (this is the standard mandatory information meeting for Australian Ballot items). The equivalent meeting for the U-32 budget will be held Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 6:00 p.m. at U-32, room 128/131.

Please understand that this is essentially a separate process from the parallel track the Act 46 merger process is on. The rescheduled organization meeting for the Washington Central Unified Union School District is set for Monday, April 8, 2019, 6:00 p.m. in the U-32 auditorium. You can see more on that here:

School District Merger Information

If you have any questions about any election issues, such as absentee ballots or voter registration, please contact Town Clerk Rosie Laquerre at the town office (eastmonttct@comcast.net; 223-3313 x 201).

The VT Secretary of State also offers voter services: “My Voter Page” to, among other things, request an absentee ballot or simply check on your registration; “Vermont Online Voter Registration” to register to vote online.

 

 

 

 

 

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The organizational meeting for the Washington Central Unified Union School District is now set for Monday, April 8, 2019, 6:00 p.m. in the U-32 auditorium.

April 8, 2019 WCUUSD Warning

The substantive portion of the initial organizational meeting, held February 19, 2019, was postponed to after an event certain — the issuance of a decision in the Act 46/merger case by the Franklin Superior Court on the request for a preliminary injunction or stay. That decision has now been rendered:

Judge Mello Decision Denying Injunction

The Washington Central Supervisory Union (WCSU) is using a number of methods to communicate information on the various elements in play during the Act 46 merger process. You can see updates and other information in these locations:

WCSU’s WCUUSD Page (with archived Act 46 information)
WCSU’s Announcements Section
WCSU Superintendent’s Blog
WCSU’s Facebook Page
WCSU’s YouTube Channel
Superintendent Kimball’s Twitter Page

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At its August 6, 2018 meeting, the East Montpelier Selectboard set the property tax rates for the period July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019 as follows:

  • Resident (homestead) tax rate: 2.5329; up 0.0284 (1.1%) from last year
  • Non-resident tax rate: 2.2599; up 0.0407 (1.8%) from last year

FY2019 Tax Rate Worksheet

Tax bills were sent out in mid-to-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 x 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. Thursday, November 15, 2018.

The second installment will be due by 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

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

2018 Grand List (a search box will appear by typing, at the same time, the “Control” & “F” keys)

2018 East Montpelier Grand List
2018 East Montpelier Tax Exempt Properties
2018 East Montpelier State-owned Properties