City Voter Guide

Welcome to the Montpelier online voter guide! Below you'll find list of candidates and ballot items available to vote for on the CITY BALLOT ONLY (schools, Central Vermont Public Safety, and Career Center not included).

Candidates will appear in the order in which their paperwork was received. If the candidate has submitted a statement, the name will be a link to the statement as submitted. If there have been any "pro" or "con" commentaries submitted in regards to ballot questions, links will be available directly below the text of the question. Candidates will be able to submit statements after they have been confirmed to appear on the ballot.

If you're a candidate and want to submit a statement OR if you'd like to submit a pro-or-con commentary on a ballot item, please send them directly to jodum@montpelier-vt.org as an attachment (or come by he office and drop it off).

CANDIDATES  

FOR MAYOR (2 year term)

FOR CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 3 (to complete a 2-year term)

Gene Leon    |     Jennifer Morton

FOR CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 1 (2 year term)

Dona Bate

FOR PARKS COMMISSION (5 year term)

FOR CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 2 (2 year term)

Conor Casey

FOR CEMETERY COMMISSION (5 year term)

FOR CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 3 (2 year term)

Cary Brown    |    Alice Goltz

FOR CEMETERY COMMISSION (2 year term)

Kurt Kuehl    |    Therese Mageau
Non-city offices:

Montpelier Roxbury School Board: William Alexander, Emma Bay-Hansen, Seiji E. Ohashi

Montpelier Roxbury School Clerk: Tammy Legacy

Montpelier Roxbury School Treasurer: Shelley Quinn

Central Vermont Public Safety Authority At-Large: Kimberly B. Cheney

BALLOT QUESTIONS
ARTICLE 5. Shall the voters appropriate the sum of $10,656,060 for the payment of debts and current expenses of the City for carrying out any of the purposes of the Charter, plus payment of all state and county taxes and obligations imposed upon the City by law to finance the fiscal year July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023? (Requested by the City Council) 

Commentaries submitted:

ARTICLE 6. Shall the voters of the school district adopt a budget of $26,938,821 which is the amount the school board has determined to be necessary for the ensuing fiscal year? It is estimated that this proposed budget, if approved, will result in education spending of $17,829.69 per equalized pupil. This projected spending per equalized pupil is 3.77% higher than spending for the current year. (Requested by the School Board) 

Commentaries submitted: 

ARTICLE 7. Shall the voters of the school district appropriate $260,000 necessary to supplement the Capital Reserve Fund in support of the District? It is estimated that this proposed budget, if approved, will result in education spending of $18,037.89 per equalized pupil. This projected spending per equalized pupil is 4.98% higher than spending for the current year. (Requested by the School Board) 

Commentaries submitted: 

ARTICLE 8. Shall the voters appropriate the sum of $4,080 as compensation to the Mayor for services for the fiscal year July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023? (Requested by the City Council) 

Commentaries submitted:

 ARTICLE 9. Shall the voters appropriate the sum of $12,240 ($2,040 each) as compensation to the Council Members for their services for the fiscal year July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023? (Requested by the City Council) 

Commentaries submitted: 

ARTICLE 10. Shall the voters appropriate the sum of $9,700 (Chair $1,500; Vice Chair $1,200; others $1,000 each) as compensation to the School Directors for their services for the ensuing fiscal year? (Requested by the School Board)

Commentaries submitted: 

ARTICLE 11. Shall the voters authorize the Board of School Directors to hold any audited fund balance as of June 30, 2022 in a reserve (assigned) fund to be expended under the control and direction of the Board of School Directors for the purpose of operating the school? (Requested by the School Board)

Commentaries submitted: 

ARTICLE 12. Shall the voters authorize the City Council to borrow a sum of money not to exceed $7,200,000 for the reconstruction of East State Street? Work will include engineering and construction of a new water and sewer distribution system in the amount of approximately $3,200,000, and approximately $4,000,000 roadway, sidewalk and bicycle facility and other improvements. If approved, bonds for these capital items would be issued for a term of 20 years, is estimated to be approximately $146,000 would be required for the first-year interest payment and approximately $506,000 for the second-year principal and interest payment with future payments declining each year as the principal is repaid. Payments would be split respectively between the water, sewer and general funds. State infrastructure financing would be utilized for reduced interest rates where available and state grants will be used to reduce total borrowing as available.    

Commentaries submitted: 

ARTICLE 13. Shall the voters authorize the City Council to borrow a sum of money not to exceed $1,815,000 for highway, recreation park, and building infrastructure improvements? Proceeds from bond funding will be used to finance a pellet boiler at the Public Works Garage, street light replacements, and intersection improvements at Barre & Main Street, a retaining wall on Marvin Street, Confluence River Park and other highway infrastructure projects. If approved, bonds for these capital items would be issued for a term of 20 years, is estimated to be approximately $48,360 for the first-year interest payment and approximately $124,894 for the second-year principal and interest payment with future payments declining each year as the principal is repaid. (Requested by the City Council)

Commentaries submitted: 

ARTICLE 14. Shall the voters authorize the City Council to borrow a sum of money not to exceed $2,000,000 for the purchase of approximately 138 acres of land, formerly the Elks Club, at 203 Country Club Road? Proceeds from bond funding will be used to finance the purchase of land for potential housing, recreation, and other uses. If approved, bonds for these capital items would be issued for a term of 20 years, is estimated to be approximately $55,000 for the first-year interest payment and approximately $138,406 for the second-year principal and interest payment with future payments declining each year as the principal is repaid. (Requested by the City Council)

Commentaries submitted: 

ARTICLE 15. Shall the voters authorize the City Council to borrow a sum of money not to exceed $16,400,000 for various sewer treatment systems to upgrade the Water Resource Recovery Facility on Dog River Road? Said improvements are planned to improve the facility’s solids processing system and correct and eliminate the odor violation at the site. If approved, the bond would be issued for a term not to exceed 20 years, is estimated to be approximately $282,932 for the first-year interest payment and approximately $1,102,932 for the second-year principal and interest payment with future payments declining each year as the principal is repaid. (Requested by the City Council)

Commentaries submitted: 

ARTICLE 16. Shall the voters authorize the City to levy a special assessment of $0.0515 per $100 of appraisal value on properties within Montpelier’s Designated Downtown not used entirely for residential purposes? The assessment shall be apportioned according to the listed value of such properties except that the assessment for any property also used for residential purposes shall be reduced by the proportion that heated residential floor space bears to heated floor space for such property. Funds raised by the assessment shall be used to improve the downtown streetscape and to market the downtown. (Requested by the City Council)

Commentaries submitted: 

ARTICLE 17. Shall the voters appropriate the sum of $395,696 to be used by the Kellogg-Hubbard Library for the fiscal year July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023?  

Commentaries submitted: 

ARTICLE 18. Shall the City Voters authorize expenditures for Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice in the amount of $23,500?

Commentaries submitted: 

ARTICLE 19. Shall the voters of the Central Vermont Public Safety Authority (CVPSA) appropriate the sum of $30,000 ($15,900 from Barre City and $14,100 from the City of Montpelier) for a Central Vermont Public Safety operating budget and Phase II Part 1 of Telecommunications Improvement and Acquisition Plan which CVPSA will oversee for the budget fiscal year July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023?

Commentaries submitted: