Every Friday from November 30th on until the Spring, there is a Community Supper at the Bridport Grange on VT Route 22A next door to the Post Office. The supper is sponsored by various organizations and is a great way to get to know other folks in town. No charge but Donations are Happily accepted.
This holiday season you can remember your loved ones by placing a light on our town Memory Tree. Donations are $1.00 per name. List your names on a piece of paper and bring to the Town Clerk along with your payment. Please make checks payable to the:
Bridport Fire Department
P.O. Box 27
Bridport VT 05734
Donations will be accepted until Christmas.
588 of 899 registered voters of Bridport cast their ballots on Tuesday 11/6/2018. 65% turn-out!
These are only the Bridport results…
Bernie Sanders -307 votes
Lawrence Zupan - 230 votes
Anya Tynio - 200 votes
Peter Welch - 331 votes
Christine Hallquist - 139
Phil Scott - 429
Secretary of State:
H Brooke Paige - 233
Auditor of Accounts:
Doug Hoffer- 257
TJ Donovan - 344
Janssen Willhoit- 206
Marie Audet - 307
Christopher Bray - 175
Peter Briggs - 218
Archie Flower - 19
Ruth Hardy - 165
Paul Ralston - 147
Harvey Smith - 456
Eleanor Smith - 479
Alice George - 288
Jacqueline McLean - 181
Patty Ross - 227
Doug Tolles - 211
Peter Bevere - 336
Dennis Wygmans - 189
Kevin Gibbs - 196
Peter Newton - 355
Charles Clark - 475
To Discuss the Addison Central School District’s Facilities Master Plan.
YOUR VOICE MATTERS!
There are three opportunities to add your voice to the discussions.
NOV 3rd 10 a.m. at the MU High School
NOV 13 at 6:30 P.M. at the MU Middle School
NOV 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the MU Middle School
The new bridge on Crown Point Road near the Sunderland Farm is OPEN! The construction was completed over a week ahead of schedule. Enjoy our strong and safe new bridge this Labor Day weekend. Thank you to all who were patient during construction and to the members of the construction crew!
Dear citizens of Bridport,
Please make an effort to mow your grass so that the cuttings/clippings are not on the road. It is dangerous/slippery for motorcyclists and vehicles. Thank you for your cooperation!
235 registered voters of Bridport came out to vote in the August primary election on August 14th.
3 maple trees were planted today on the Town Green. The 5 stumps remaining from last year are scheduled to be ground out shortly. The new flagpole and Bridport sign that were installed last summer look great. The Masonic/Community Hall, the Hearse House and the Town Highway Department salt shed are scheduled to be repainted this summer.
Bridport is Greened Up and looking good!
The Town Line First Response team meets upstairs above the Town Clerk's Office/ Bridport Fire Department. First and third Tuesdays at 7 p.m. There is always a need for more volunteers for this critical and sometimes lifesaving work. Call Jessica Torrey 802-349-7212 for information or questions.
This is a copy of the ways and means proposal that I presented at town meeting. If you post it on your town website just make it clear that this is a draft proposal and most likely it will change before it passes out of the house.
Rep. Harvey Smith
H.911 House Ways & Means Proposal
Changes to Personal Income Tax and Education Finance System
March 1, 2018
• Income Tax Changes
o Reduces state tax burden on Vermonters who are adversely impacted by the change in Federal Tax Law ($30 million returned to Vermonters)
o Lowers taxes for Vermonters:
• Lowers all income tax rates by 0.2% and collapses top two income tax brackets
• Creates a VT Standard Deduction, equal to $6,000 for single filers and $12,000 for married couples
• Creates a Vermont Personal Exemption equal to $4,150 per exemption
• Expands the Vermont Earned Income Tax Credit, from 32% of the Federal EITC to 35%
• Creates a 5% tax credit for the total amount of charitable contributions up to $10,000. Taxpayers who contribute up to $10,000 will be eligible for a $500 tax credit
o Provides tax relief to Vermonters receiving Social Security benefits
• Taxable Social Security benefits below $45,000 for single filers and below $60,000 for married filers will be 100% exempt from State income tax
• Education Finance System Changes
o Adds a School Income Tax Surcharge, built upon the reformed income tax system
• Rates are 0.1% of lowest bracket, 0.5% for middle brackets, and 1% on highest income brackets
• Raises approximately $59 million for education
o Uses the $59 million to reduce average homestead property tax rates (on both property and income) from projected FY19 rates (average reduction of $0.15)
o Cost containment: future tax rates will rise faster for all spenders
o Non-residential property tax rate: stays at current law = $1.591
o Homeowner rebate: split into two components: education and municipal
o Renter Rebate: maintained and transferred to GF
o Separates municipal and education tax bills
o GF transfer to EF repealed in a revenue neutral way
• Dedicates to the EF: 100% of sales tax and 25% of rooms and meals
• Transfers adult education, flexible pathways, community high school of VT, renter rebate to GF ($21.5 million)
o Repeals excess spending penalty
VT LEG #330907 v.1
The 2018 Town Warning articles all passed. The 2018 budget was approved. The result for the contested seat on the Town Select Board was; 127 - David Bronson vs. 91 - Bruce Stocker. It was a lively Town Meeting which included a Q&A by Harvey Smith, awards for Leonard Barrett and Earl Audet and a delicious lunch from Pratt's. The Town Report was dedicated to H. Kent Wright III.