Town Meeting 2017

From the VLCT Archive

During Vermont’s 51st Biennial Session, VLCT helped persuade the legislature to price municipal license plates at $6 for five years. (Taking into account an annual inflationary increase of 4.06 percent, that figure would be 34.50 in 2016 dollars.) The bill, H.174, which amended 23 V.S.A. § 376, also provided that there was no charge to register state-owned motor vehicles, and a replacement license plate cost three bucks. The law went into effect on January 1, 1973.

Looking Forward by Looking Back

The 50th year of VLCT’s service to Vermont’s cities and towns continues! Throughout the year, we will revisit our history and report on news of festivities commemorating the people and the events of VLCT and how local government has helped define our organization during the past 50 years. We have a lot to share, and hope that you will add any memories and accomplishments you have as well. We celebrate all of you who make a difference in local government every day and work to make your communities better, more efficient, and more responsive to their residents. As we move though the year, we will also look ahead to what may be in store for the next 50 years and how can we help local government prepare for innovation, change, and progress. —Maura Carroll, Executive Director, VLCT

Vermont’s Election Day Voter Registration Law

Vermont’s Election Day voter registration law went into effect on January 1, 2017. This means that eligible Vermonters may now register to vote on any day up to and including Election Day. Voter registration is now available during all normal business hours for your town or city clerk and during polling hours on Election Day. This law applies to all elections. For more information, visit the Office of the Secretary of State’s webpage for voter registration.

Weekly Legislative Report

A link to the February 17 edition of VLCT Advocacy’s Weekly Legislative Report is here.

Vermont’s Paid Sick Leave Law Effective January 1, 2017.

Most Vermont employers must comply with Act 69 (21 V.S.A. §§ 481 et seq.), the paid sick leave law that provides for a minimal amount of accrued, paid leave for many employees. For more information please see:

Please contact MAC with questions about the law and how to make sure your personnel policy is up-to-date. Call or email Jill Muhr, Human Resources Consultant at 800-649-7915 or

FLSA News Update: Changes to Overtime Rules Did Not Go into Effect on December 1.

A federal judge has ordered that new overtime rules will not go into effect on December 1, as originally planned by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The DOL rules would have made changes to what it takes for an employee to be considered not eligible for overtime pay. Further information from the DOL is available at We will let our members know when there is a further development in the case. In the meantime, if you have any questions about overtime or other employment issues, please call us at 800-649-7915.

Current Risk Management Resources

  • The recording of our January 19 webinar "To the Log and Beyond: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About OSHA Recordkeeping" can now be viewed by any Vermont municipal official or employee who is responsible for filing workers' compensation claims or who keeps records of employee injuries. Use this link to register and access the recording.
  • PACIF members can again apply for Grants and Scholarships in 2017. Applications for Round 1 of the 2017 Grants Program are being accepted now through April 30. Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis, but no less than 30 days before the desired training is to take place. All must have a convincing claim-reducing element. Please use the new 2017 guidelines and applications on our Grants and Scholarships webpages.
  • PACIF Loss Control has updated its "Drug and Alcohol Testing Manual" and renamed it to the more accurate and comprehensive "Commercial Motor Vehicle Operations Manual".

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GASB 68 Impacts on Municipal Financial Statements




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PACIF WorkStrong Wellness Consultations

This YouTube video gives a quick overview of one way we are helping PACIF members' employees get serious about wellness. Studies show that healthy workers are injured less often and recover more quickly than unhealthy ones. In each One-to-One Wellness Consultation, Heidi Joyce spends 30 minutes with a single employee to get a handle on his or her wellness status and develop customized strategies for improving. Members just need to schedule several consultations for a single day so Heidi can share her know-how and enthusiasm.