VY Decommissioning Advistory Panel to meet March 15: The Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel (VT NDCAP) will hold its first meeting of 2021 on Monday evening, Monday March 15, 2021 from 6:00 PM to 8:45 PM.  In accordance with changes to Vermont Open Meeting Law in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this meeting will be conducted as a Microsoft Teams webcast and teleconference.  Members of the public may join the webcast by using the following link: VT NDCAP 2021 Teams Meeting Link This weblink will broadcast both the audio and video portions of the meeting.  The following dial-in line may also be used for the audio connection (suggested for those with poor internet connectivity):  Phone number: (802) 828-7228 -or- (802) 552-8456 Conference Room Number: 263 635 335 (followed by the “#” sign) NorthStar and Vermont State Agencies will present highlights of recent Vermont Yankee (VY) decommissioning activities.  Additionally, the Panel’s newly formed Federal Nuclear Waste Policy Committee will discuss progress on its first meetings and will take questions and feedback.  The complete agenda for the March 15, 2021 meeting may be viewed at: https://publicservice.vermont.gov/sites/dps/files/documents/2021-03-15_VT_NDCAP_Agenda_Final.pdf Panel votes on these agenda items may occur.  Presentation materials for this meeting will be added to the VT NDCAP website at http://publicservice.vermont.gov/electric/ndcap as they become available (under the section heading of “Meeting of March 15, 2021”).  All presentations will be available for electronic viewing prior to the start of the meeting.  (Downloading the presentations prior to the meeting start is suggested for those with for those with poor internet connectivity.)  Questions or comments on the meeting presentations may be sent to the Panel before, during or after the meeting by emailing PSD.NDCAP@vermont.gov.  Members of the public who anticipate speaking during the meeting’s public comment periods are encouraged to register in advanced by emailing this address.  All emails sent to VT NDCAP become public record. All VT NDCAP meetings (including its committee meetings) are open to the public.  This meeting will be recorded for subsequent public review.  Questions regarding access to this meeting may directed to Tony Leshinskie, Vermont State Nuclear Engineer at anthony.leshinskie@vermont.gov or by calling (802) 272-1714.  Please note that the VT NDCAP Federal Nuclear Waste Policy Committee will also meet (via webcast) on March 15, 2021 from 1 PM to 2 PM.  Meeting access information for this meeting is available at the Committee’s webpage: https://publicservice.vermont.gov/content/vt-ndcap-federal-nuclear-waste-policy The following short tutorial videos are suggested for those who are unfamiliar with using the Microsoft Teams meeting interface: Join a Teams meeting from a web-browser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ga64MuSlAxY Join a Teams meeting from the Microsoft Teams app (shows two additional options for joining a Teams meeting):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BH6bSIwR0-4 ### Vermont Department of Public Service 112 State Street Montpelier, VT  05620-2601

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School board budget info: Zoom meetings; March 2 vote

Good News on Taxes

From the Vernon School Board

What’s the bottom line?

The Vernon School Budget for fiscal year 2022 is being presented in the amount of $6,315,848 or a 0.6% decrease over our current budget.

What does this mean for my taxes?

Based on the most recent information from the State, we anticipate that the school property taxes you pay will be lower than last year. We estimate the decrease to be:

House Site Value Estimated ​Decrease​ in School Taxes
$100,000 -$28
$150,000 -$42
$200,000 -$56
$250,000 -$70

What am I voting on?

“Shall the voters of the Vernon Town School District authorize the School Board to expend $6,315,848, which is the amount the Vernon Town 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 $17,638 per equalized pupil. This projected spending per equalized pupil is 2.7% higher than spending for the current year.”

If our taxes are going down, why does the ballot reference a 2.7% increase?

The State of Vermont mandates that ballot questions be written using “spending per equalized student”. Bottom line is that our budget is DOWN and school taxes are estimated to be going DOWN compared to last year.

Where can I get more information?

The VES Board will be hosting two information sessions via ZOOM. (For both meetings, start at w​ww.Zoom.us​ and click “JOIN A MEETING” in the upper right of the screen.)

Monday, February 22nd at 6:30 pm

Meeting ID: 818 8618 1528 Passcode: aFqE4d

Monday, March 1st at 6:30 pm

Meeting ID: 863 5276 0806 Passcode: J0mteF

… or contact a School Board member:

Kerry Amidon  KAmidon@WSESU.org 254-9745
Walter Breau WBreau@WSESU.org 254-2817
Chad Mulverhill  CMulverhill@WSESU.org 490-2874
Hannah Rosinski HRosinski@WSESU.org 380-1513
Kari Sparks KSparks@WSESU.org 490-6319

Election day is Tuesday, March 2nd. If you have questions on when and where to vote, contact the Town Clerk at 257-0292 or ​clerk@vernonvt.org.​