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-> Revised FY 25 Budget Approved

Special Town Meeting Held to Consider Revised Proposal

Voters approved a revised fiscal year 2025 municipal budget at a Special Town Meeting held May 21st by a tally of 595-470 votes.

The $15.04 million general fund budget provides core municipal services to the community, including public safety, public works, library, parks & recreation, planning & zoning, vital records and general administration.

“I’m grateful that Williston voters approved a revised budget that balances affordability with service delivery needs for the community,” said Ted Kenney, Chair of the Williston Selectboard. “This budget provides funding for public safety, maintaining critical town infrastructure and delivering outstanding library and recreational services, along with the many administrative functions across Town Departments that provide the backstop and framework to provide these municipal functions and more.”

The approved budget represents a $310,000 (2%) reduction from the version of the budget that failed at Town Meeting last March by a 209 vote margin. The Selectboard over a series of public meetings in March and April worked to revise the spending plan for fiscal year 2025.

“Following the defeat of the original budget proposal, town staff and Selectboard members worked hard to listen to people’s concerns, rework spending proposals and meet the needs of the Town,” Chairman Kenney said. “This work resulted in a revised budget that cuts the projected property tax rate increase in half from four to two cents for fiscal year 2025.”

Williston’s projected fiscal year 2025 municipal property tax rate is $0.3562 cents per $100 of assessed value, one of the lowest in Chittenden County. For context, the projected rate increase is about $20 per $100,000 of property value. For a median assessed homeowner in Williston that means a $60 increase for the tax year.

“Thank you to the Williston Community for approving the revised fiscal year 2025 budget,” said Town Manager Erik Wells. “We face many service delivery pressures from both a fiscal and operating standpoint, and the town staff and I will continue to rise to the challenge to provide the high-quality level of service the community expects.”

1,065 of 8,640 registered Williston voters participated in the Special Town Meeting (12%).

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