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Town Meeting Day in depth: Vermonters vote on issues from school budgets to snow plow names

Looking down the aisle in the town hall in Strafford on Town Meeting Day, with a high ceiling, ornate blue trim against cream walls and packed rows of voters on either side, sitting in wooden benches.
Tony Talbot
Vermont Public
More towns are returning to in-person Town Meetings in 2023, but the question of voting by ballot or via floor vote—like this busy vote in Strafford from 2012—continues to be discussed in many communities.

Town Meeting Day is just around the corner—for many Vermont towns, it's Tuesday, March 7. This hour, we'll hear about important votes and ballot items under consideration and check in with town clerks, moderators and more about what voters will decide on at their town meetings.

Our guests are:

  • Susan Clark, longtime Middlesex town moderator, discussing the changing nature of Town Meeting
  • April McCullum, digital editor at Vermont Public, discussing the online Town Meeting Day guide and Town Meeting bingo
  • John Odum, Montpelier city clerk, discussing the capitol city mayor's race and budgets
  • Charlie Papillo, Colchester selectboard member, and Glen Cuttitta, Colchester's director of Parks and Recreation, discussing a multimillion-dollar recreation center being voted on
  • Rep. Joseph Parsons, vice chair of the Newbury selectboard, which is asking residents to vote on a letter to state officials opposing plans for a new juvenile detention facility in the town
  • Tom Galinat, town clerk and treasurer in Peacham, where voters return for their first in-person meeting since the COVID-19 pandemic to vote on a snow plow name, among other issues

Broadcast live on Monday, March 6, 2023, at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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Mikaela Lefrak is the host and senior producer of Vermont Edition. Her stories have aired nationally on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, Marketplace, The World and Here & Now. A seasoned local reporter, Mikaela has won two regional Edward R. Murrow awards and a Public Media Journalists Association award for her work.
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