Newcomer Chuck Claffey widely defeated incubment Patty McGrath 202-110 votes at Town Meeting Day Tuesday, March 5.
McGrath has lived in Killington for 28 years and served as selectwoman for six. She said earlier contention on the board is no longer an issue and the town is moving toward fiscal sustainability. She wants to continue to be part of the progress.
Claffey moved to Killington in 2015. He and his wife have been active in the community since their arrival. His focus is also on improving fiscal sustainability.
Killington voters approved all article on the ballot, including the $4.6 million budget, 216-94, incurring a 5-cent increase in their property tax rate to .4655. Town Manager Chet Hagenbarth said the 15 percent increase will raise taxes on a $250,000 home about $135. Additionally, the “yes” votes on Articles 4 and 6 will trigger another 1.9 cent increase for a total of 6.9-cent jump on Killington’s municipal tax rate. The $4.7m public safety building (Article 5), which also passed, will not affect the tax rate as those payments are scheduled to begin as other bonds retire.
Article 1 – Chuck Claffey defeated Patty McGrath 202-110
Article 2 – voting taxes paid in three installments– passed 241-21
Article 3 – $4,676,767general fund expenditures — passed 216-94
Article 4- $1 million for East Mtn Road and Dean Hill Road – passed 229-80
Article 5- $4,775,000 to construct a public safety building– passed 207-105
Article 6 – $588,000 to fund Irene debt – passed 243-65
Article 7 – to establish a reserve fund – passed 244-58
Article 8 – $500 to NeighborWorks – passed 228-82