All Eyes on Burlington Ballot Issues

Published 03/04 2014 05:29PM

Updated 03/04 2014 06:30PM

BURLINGTON, Vt. - A lot of people from around Vermont are watching what happens in Burlington Tuesday. That's because three proposed changes to the city's Charter could set new precedents in the state.

Let's run you through those ballot items.
  • Article 6: Would allow police to take weapons after a suspected domestic abuse attack.
  • Article 7: Bans guns where liquor is served.
  • Article 8: would require safe storage of guns.
Driving around Burlington you can't miss the signs about these issues. Though the yellow opponent signs far outnumber the supporters.

That probably has to do with money. The Vermont Federation of Sportmen's Clubs says it spent $15,000 on the campaign. Gun Sense Vermont, a supporter of the measures, says it spent just $1,000 on flyers and signs.

Both sides believe what happens in Burlington could influence whether other Vermont towns and the state take up their own gun control laws.

It's not just guns on Burlington's ballot.

People in burlington are considering a $67 million school budget. It would increase school taxes about 10 %.

Burlington residents are also weighing in on the Waterfront Tif District. That would lead to redevelopment including for the Moran Plant.

Voters are asked whether the city should increase  the city tax rate by about two cents.

Burlington is also planning on buying the Winooski One Hydroelectric Generating facility.

Last, voters are asked whether they should change boundries of the city's wards or voting districts. The plan has been the subject of debate, but the change is needed to meet federal voting laws. 

For the latest Town Meeting Day results visit our Town Meeting Day Election results page.

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