Special Article Requests Down $100,000

January 24, 2014

in News

Staff Report

Special article requests dropped $100,000, according to numbers released by the town of Woodstock Friday.

Voters will be asked to approve $211,797 of those requests on Town Meeting day. The deadline to submit petitions to the town was 5 p.m. Thursday.

Most organizations kept their requests the same. Only one organization, Spectrum Teen Center, increased its request (from $1,000 to $1,250). Two organizations that requested money last year — Southeast Vermont Community Action ($2,000) and the Junction Teen Center ($1,200) — did not request any funds this year.

Last year, a record number of special articles pushed the total above $324,000.

Two of the big-ticket items from last year are off this year’s ballot — voters approved a $60,000 purchase of a digital projector for the Town Hall Theatre and denied the hiring of a $50,000 economic development coordinator.

The Select Board required every organization looking for taxpayer funds to petition the town to get on the ballot this year. Organizations had to collect 155 signatures by Thursday.


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