Rutland City voters say yes to $66M in budgets
By Gordon Dritschilo
Staff Writer | March 06,2013
Albert J. Marro / Staff Photo
A canine named ``Izzy" was greeting voters in front of the Godnick Adult Center Tuesday evenbing. ``Izzy" is iowned by Alderman David Wallstrom who was seeking re-relection. Alison Richardson of Isle Au Haut, Me., was helping with the campaign. 03/05/13
Voters approved most, but not all, of the city ballot Tuesday.
The $18.7 million city budget won a comfortable approval at 2,328 to 1,265. The increased budget includes new positions in the police department and building and zoning office as well as a human resources administrator for City Hall.
In previous years, the Board of Aldermen have placed an additional $350,000 for paving on the ballot as a separate item. This year, the money was built directly into the budget.
The $47.3 million school budget was also approved, 2,174 to 1,485.
“I’m very pleased,” School Board Chairman Peter Mello said. “It’s indicative of the confidence the voters have in the school directors and in the school system.”
All the social service appropriations passed with the exception of $13,500 for the Rutland County Parent-Child Center, which failed 1,803 to 1,723.
The Board of Aldermen now has the authority to make deals for residential tax stabilization after voters green-lit the proposal 2,233 to 1,196. The board and the Rutland Redevelopment Authority pushed residential tax stabilization as a tool to help the city’s neighborhood revitalization efforts.
In a nonbinding resolution, voters opposed using chloramine in city drinking water, 2,406 to 1,150. This follows the rejection in November of a $5.5 million bond for a new filter that would have prevented the city from having to switch to a new disinfectant.
No such switch is imminent at the moment, though, because the city water has remained in compliance with federal regulations for a fourth consecutive quarter.
Herald reporter Josh O’Gorman contributed to this report.