Local 22 NewsMakers: Williston Residents to Decide Pet Ordinance

By Lauren Maloney | lmaloney@mychamplainvalley.com

Published 02/10 2016 08:26PM

Updated 02/11 2016 08:51AM

Lauren Maloney sat down with Williston Town Manager Rick McGuire to preview Town Meeting Day, March 1.


• Town provides a wide range of services to Williston residents, visitors and businesses

• Estimating the cost of providing those services for next fiscal year is $10.2 million

• That represents a 3.9% increase over the current year

• Based on current grand list, taxpayers will see a one cent increase in their municipal tax rate

Article 3: Pet Control Ordinance

• The Town has an existing Dog control Ordinance that mirrors state law.

• Changes broaden definition of pets covered from just dogs to all pets; and provide for the reporting of pet attacks or bites by a law enforcement officer or health officer, regardless of whose property the attack occurred on.

Article 7: Fire Truck

• Article seek authorization to purchase one new fire truck to replace two older trucks

both of which exceed 19 years in age.

• Bad news – The cost of new trucks is very high. ($705,000)

• Good news – The recently completed new public works facility came in under budget and the proposal is to use $400,000 left from that project to reduce what is needed for the new fire truck.

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