Clarksburg voters OK all articles at annual town meeting

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CLARKSBURG — All articles passed in Clarksburg's annual town meeting on June 24, resulting in a 0.03 percent drop in the tax rate from last year.

The town's fiscal 2021 budget will now be $1,686,897 after a series of amendments crafted by Town Administrator Rebecca Stone and introduced by the Select Board at the meeting. The town will spend a $2,879,783 on education.

Stone said few of the articles generated much discussion, with the exception of one that increased the town accountant's salary. Select Board members explained that the larger salary would offer a competitive wage, helping to fill the position if it became vacant. The answer appeared to satisfy the residents who asked about it and the article passed.

An article proposing the purchase of a new town truck earned some initial pushback from Select Board Chairman Ron Boucher during meetings earlier in the month. Boucher, who endorsed the truck purchase originally, expressed doubt about the investment given the economic downturn related to the pandemic. However, Stone found a way to refinance the truck, decreasing the immediate financial impact on the town, and the item passed.

Residents also approved new rules mandating that dogs be licensed after six months of age, and restrained with a leash when not on their owner's property, among other items.

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