Opinion
March 12, 2019

Thanks to Killington voters

Dear Editor,

I would like to thank the over 300 people who came out to vote on March 5. With fewer than 60 people at the informational meeting the night before I was concerned about voter turn-out. Thank you to the team of people who ran the check in and voting from7 a.m. all day to receive voters at the town hall until the polls closed and the votes were counted at 7 p.m.

The Town Manager and Select Board purposely chose to list the Articles separately so that each could be explained on its own merit and show its effect on the tax rate. This allowed you, the voters, to decide which articles to support or vote down.

Your support of all the articles is greatly appreciated. Rather than see this as the end or culmination of a lot of long discussions and work, the Town Manager and Select Board see this as the first step of a definite, positive indication that you, the voters, want these items addressed and soon.

It is now our job to start the planning process for how each article will be handled. Monies voted for the two roads will be used only for those roads. The same will apply to the other Articles. We will begin to seek estimates for work and legal advise for dealing with the existing debt which was voted to be retired. While there is a design and construction firm in place for the public safety building we, along with the citizen committee, will still be involved in each aspect of developing that facility.

I would like to congratulate Chuck Claffey on winning a seat on the Select Board. The voters have put a lot of work in front of us!

I would also like to thank Patty McGrath for her six years of dedication and service to the Town of Killington while still operating her own business. It is greatly appreciated.

Thank you again to all the people who voted.

Stephen Finneron, Chair Killington Select Board

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