City voters to decide races, big-ticket items
By Gordon Dritschilo
Staff Writer | March 03,2014
Eight aldermanic candidates and five multimillion-dollar monetary articles confront voters on the Rutland City ballot.
Incumbents David Allaire, Sharon Davis, Gary Donahue, William Notte and Christopher Siliski are competing alongside challengers Kam Johnston, Marge Johnston and John E. Mattison Jr. for five seats on the board.
It is the only contested race on the ballot. Alderwoman Melinda Humphrey is running unopposed for the remaining year of an unexpired term and the School Board has four candidates — Peter Fagan, Alison Notte, Matthew Olewnik and M. Kate Thomas — seeking four seats.
The various wards are also electing election clerks and election inspectors for two-year terms. Each of those races has one candidate at most on the ballot — some have none.
Voters will be asked to decide yea or nay on the $19,551,253 municipal budget and the $48,672,312 school budget.
On top of that, the city is asking for a $5.2 million bond for a stormwater separation project in the Northwest neighborhood. The school district, meanwhile, is asking approval for a $5.5 million energy efficiency project to be financed by energy cost savings over 20 years, as well as a $2.5 million bond for various facilities improvements.
The city is also asking for the Board of Aldermen to be given the authority to enter into residential tax stabilization agreements. A similar article appeared on last year’s ballot, but a new state law has been passed expanding the authority available to the board, subject to voter approval.
Finally, the ballot holds nine requests from public service agencies, ranging from $65,980 for Regional Ambulance to $10,000 for the Rutland County Women’s Network and Shelter.