Polls Open in Vermont for Town Meeting Day

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It’s Town Meeting Day in Vermont—voters will weigh on various local issues all across the state.

Town Meeting Day happens once a year in Vermont—generally the first Tuesday in March. Communities throughout the state vote on local issues.

Here’s a look at some of the other issues on local ballots.

Voters in Burlington will decide on several ballot items, including a non-binding item that would advise the city Council to request that F-35 fighter jets not be based in Burlington.

Voters will also decide on a mayor. Independent candidate Carina Driscoll, a former city council member, is challenging incumbent Democrat Miro Weinberger, who is seeking his third term. Another independent, Infinite Culcleasure, is also running.

Voters will also be asked to approve a nearly $85 million budget for Burlington schools.

Voters in several Chittenden County communities, including Burlington, Winooski, Colchester, Milton, Shelburne, South Burlington and Williston, will decide on whether or note to approve the creation of a regional dispatch center with the goal of better coordinating emergency services.

Several Vermont towns also have a climate change question that asks if voters should urge the state to halt any new expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure; commit to developing renewable energy in the state; and ensure if the state transitions to renewable energy its fair and equitable for all residents

In South Burlington, voters will decide on whether they want to approve a nearly $1 million bond to make improvements to the athletic facilities. School officials say the money would go toward improvements to the South Burlington School Library, and restroom upgrades to Munson Field and Iverson track.

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

Vermont law also allows same-day-voter registration. That means Vermonters can register and cast ballots on Tuesday.

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