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Town Meeting Day: Residents of Burlington prepare to cast ballots

Burlington, Vt. - Tuesday is Town Meeting Day, and Vermonters can head to the polls starting at 7 am.

In Burlington, voters will be voting to elect a new mayor, city councilors, and seven ballot items. Those items range from recommending to raise the age of sale for tobacco from 18 to 21. To the controversial ballot item, whether the F35 should be based in the community.

On Monday, concerned residents gathered outside of City Hall on Church Street to inform voters about the health impacts of the fighter jet.

Also, how the level of noise will disturb way of life.

"I see the effects on my children right now. Fighter jets have woken my babies while they slept. Scared them while they played, and brought them to tears on more than one occasion," said Fiona Griffin of Winooski.

Speaking out about the negative health impacts include emergency physician Dr. John Reuwer.

"Elementary school children suffer a two-month delay in reading skills for every five-decibel increase above 50 decibels," he said.

Voting 'yes' on question 6 would mean you are in favor of the city council requesting the cancelation of the planned basing of the F-35. That being said, voting 'no' would mean you are in favor of the jets coming to Burlington International Airport.

Nicole Citro spoke with us this past January, she is with Green Ribbons for the F35.

"Anybody that has lived here for a long time knows that what is coming in with the F-35 is no different than what they experienced with the F-16. If anybody was around for the F-4s, that was a loud jet," Citro said.

For a full list of ballot items, you can read more here.

Polls will close at 7 pm, Tuesday.


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