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Keep consolidation moving forward: Support the recreation district

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Our words represent only our opinions and not necessarily those of fellow board members or municipal staff. For three years, the town and village have collaborated to make local government more efficient by consolidating municipal services when opportunities arise. Each opportunity’s unique challenges required a thoughtful, evenhanded solution. For example, we moved the Village Public…

Special tax districts complicate matters

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The more I hear about the special tax district being proposed for combining the Essex Jct. Recreation and Parks and Essex Parks & Recreation, the clearer it becomes to me that this new form of municipal governance may provide opportunities for other community departments. Why not establish STDs for the fire departments, libraries, public works,…

Reasons to vote no on December 13

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The special tax district for recreation and parks has been brought up for a vote, with no serious discussion of alternatives and no explanation why should we have a new government entity that exactly overlays the town. If the Essex Junction Recreation & Parks is not to be managed by the village anymore, and become…

Hold out for a better rec plan

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If you’re passionate about one or both of our recreation departments, please study the proposal to create a special taxing district rather than to consolidate both Essex Jct. Recreation and Parks and Essex Parks and Recreation under town government. The STD structure introduced by village leaders last winter has fewer checks and balances on recreation’s…