Vote Monday, March 1 Pre-Town Meeting

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Thursday February 25, 2016

Pre-Town Meeting, Monday evening, February 29, at 7 p.m. in the Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School cafeteria, offers residents the opportunity to gather with friends and neighbors to hear details about city and school budgets, meet the candidates, and clarify any questions they may have about items appearing on the ballot.

Budget and Ballot Presentations

The evening begins at 7 p.m. with the city budget presentation and discussion.

At 7:30, a public informational hearing on proposed city borrowing for enhancement projects in open space and natural areas and application of the tax levy will take place.

The school budget presentation and discussion will follow at 7:45 p.m. and will include consideration of a $2,500,000 General Obligation Bond and a $300,000 Capital Reserve fund.

Candidate Forums

The School Board Candidate Forum will begin at 8:15. Incumbent Martin LaLonde is running an uncontested race for another three-year term. Running unopposed for the two-year seat is Bridget Burkhardt.

Four candidates who are running for two open seats on the city council will take part in a forum discussion from 8:45-9:30 p.m. George Donovan is running against incumbent Meaghan Emery for the two-year seat. Tim Barritt and incumbent Chris Shaw are vying for the three-year seat.

Budget information is available on the city and school websites. Printed copies of the budget book are available at City Hall upon request.

In addition, budget presentations and candidate forums were recorded by CCTV Channel 17, and are available to view at

Attend the Monday night pre-town meeting, and be well informed when you vote Tuesday, March 1.

Presidential Primary

In addition to the South Burlington ballot, this year’s presidential primary allows any Vermont voter who was registered by February 24, 2016 to fill out either a Republican or a Democratic ballot on March 1, but not both. Voters must request either the Democratic or Republican presidential primary ballot when they check in at their polling location.

Vote Early in Person

The City of South Burlington allows absentee voting in the city clerk’s office at 550 Dorset St. prior to the election, through February 29. Those ballots are co-mingled with absentee ballots received through the mail and processed on election day at the polls.

A voter may also still pick up a ballot at the city clerk’s office. A voted absentee ballot can be hand delivered in a sealed envelope to the clerk on, or prior to, Election Day. All early voter absentee ballots must be returned to the city clerk’s office on Monday, February 29, before the office closes, or to the polling place before 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, in order to be counted.

For more information, call the city clerk’s office at 846-4105.