VIENNA — The town is preparing for both a municipal election and Town Meeting in mid-March, with one incumbent running unopposed for a three-year term on the select board and a roughly $16,000 increase in the municipal budget.

The election is set for Friday, March 11, from noon to 8 p.m. at the Community Center on 16 Kimball Pond Road. Selectman Christopher Smith is running unopposed for a three-year term on the board.

The Town Meeting is set for 9 a.m. the following day, Saturday, March 12, at the same location.

The town’s proposed budget of $621,311 is $15,843 higher than the previously approved $605,468 budget.

Factors driving the increase, according to Smith, are $5,000 additions to the road paving account and road maintenance accounts. Both are budgeted at $80,000 while $75,000 was previously appropriated for the two accounts.

According to the warrant, $100,000 altogether is set aside for the paving account, with $80,000 appropriated and the remainder covered with the State Local Road Assistance Grant.


Money appropriated toward the town’s Waste Management Account also increased by $2,000 due to increased costs in picking up waste by the ton.

The town’s municipal revenue is estimated at $180,000, the same amount proposed for the previous budget.

Smith said he does not see the proposed budget having a significant impact on the town’s tax rate, which is currently $19.40 per $1,000 of assessed value.

Aside from the budget questions, the warrant also includes a question asking voters if they would let town officials negotiate one or more agreements for high-speed internet services in town, with any final agreements and funding needing to be approved at a special town meeting this summer.

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