Author: Courtney Lamdin

Town projects halfpenny increase

The town of Milton’s fiscal year 2019 budget offering is only expected to raise the tax rate by a halfpenny, if all goes as planned, town manager Don Turner said. The $7.67 million general fund budget represents a 2.2 percent overall spending decrease. The $5.75 million tax levy, or the amount raised with property taxes, is up 2.3 percent, town numbers show. If the grand list grows as expected, the proposal would raise property tax rates by just $.0052. This translates to an additional $12.94 on a $250,000 assessed home, finance director Jessica Morris said. Selectboard chairman Darren Adams...

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Sheriff’s Office: Milton man stole from employer

Franklin County Sheriff’s Office deputies say a Milton man stole from his employer in Fairfax. Deputies learned of possible embezzlement at a business on Main Street in Fairfax on January 31, a press release said. Upon speaking with management, police learned Nathan R. Jenkins, 30, of Milton was removing merchandise from the business without reimbursing the store, police said. Jenkins was cited to appear in Franklin County court on March 5 at 1...

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Georgia Wind sold to N.Y. investor

Georgia Mountain Community Wind, the four-turbine operation that straddles a Milton-Georgia ridgeline, was sold to a Manhattan-based renewable energy investment firm in December, federal filings show. Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company LLC purchased the farm for $25.1 million in a deal that closed December 21. It’s the company’s first commercial wind project in Vermont, company director David Sher said. “We like assets in Vermont, because we do have a base of a number of solar assets,” Sher said, noting Greenbacker’s nine arrays in the state, called Green Maple Solar. “We wanted to diversify our assets to include wind.” According to...

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Candidates file petitions for office

Nearly half of the elected offices on the ballot this Town Meeting will be contested, petitions filed with the town clerk’s office show. Milton’s school board, selectboard and library trustees all have multiple candidates vying for a seat in at least one race. On the school board, incumbent Lori Donna – the chairwoman since her election in 2015 – faces competition from newcomer Emily Hecker for a three-year seat on the board. Donna told the Independent earlier this month she wasn’t sure if she’d run again but indeed filed a petition by Monday, the state-imposed deadline. Incumbent Greg Burbo...

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Milton Police Reports: Jan. 18 – Jan. 23

WRITTEN WARNINGS: 43 TICKETS 2 Driving with suspended license 1 Counterfeit plates, stickers, etc. 1 Possessing marijuana/hashish, 1st offense 1 Speeding 1 Uninsured driver ARRESTS 1 Domestic assault 1 False information to police 1 Resisting arrest TOTAL CALLS: 139 1/18, 11 a.m., Public Assist, Route 7 Officer Ed Larente received a report of a torn American flag that was being flown on private property. The caller reported having asked the owner to remove the flag, but it was still flying. He wanted a police officer to remove the flag due to its poor condition. The police have no authority to remove...

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