Vermont Air National Guard says Burlington ballot question misleading

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Town Meeting Day is less than a month away and the Vermont National Guard is concerned about one of the ballot questions.

Adjutant General Steven Cray says there is misinformation about the basing of the F-35 and the mission of VTANG by opponents.

Just three weeks ago, activists rallied the support of nearly 2,000 Burlington voters with a petitions against F-35s.

F-35s are the Air Force’s newest fighter jets.

As result of the rally a non-binding advisory would be placed on the Town Meeting Day ballot. General Cray thinks the question to voters may be confusing.

“The ballot question is inaccurate,” he said.

On the ballot, voters will get a chance to weigh in on whether the jets should be based at Burlington International Airport and if noise canceling equipment should be installed. General Cray is concerned about the ballot question, which begins by declaring voter support for the Guard.

“That’s the most misleading statement out of the entire petition and so a vote of no is actually in support of the men and women in the Air Guard and their mission and that’s misleading,” General Cray said.

Local 22 and Local 44’s Rebecca Reese showed an organizer of the petition, James Leas, a copy of the Adjutant General’s comments.

“The resolution says that we support our men and women in the Air National Guard and we do,” Leas said. “We just don’t support particular equipment.”

To be clear… a non-binding resolution can be adopted, but does not make it law.

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