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Vermont League of Cities and Towns
Virtual Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, December 17, 2020

Minutes

Members Present: President Miro Weinberger, Vice President Peter Elwell, and Members Jessie Baker, Mary Ann Goulette, Elaine Haney, Lucas Herring, Delsie Hoyt, and Charles Safford.

Others Present: VLCT staff members Maura Carroll, Karen Horn, and Gwynn Zakov; Senator Becca Balint, incoming Senate President; and Carolyn Wesley, assistant to Senator Balint.

All attended via GoToMeeting.

VLCT Board Vice President Peter Elwell called the meeting to order at 9:00 am. He welcomed Senator Balint to the meeting and expressed the desire of the board to work as partners in legislation and the state.

A discussion ensued of both Senator Balint’s and VLCT’s legislative priorities. They include:

  • addressing COVID-19-generated needs;
  • property tax disruptions in residential property values and decreases in many kinds of commercial property values with likely significant changes in the common level of appraisal;
  • advancing the conversation around municipal self-governance;
  • a share of cannabis sales tax revenues to local governments to support administrative responsibilities;
  • addressing changes to law enforcement in the state while respecting locally adopted governance structures;
  • Act 250 jurisdiction in designated growth centers, downtowns and other designated areas;
  • administration of the Criminal Justice Council; and
  • funding of dispatch.

The meeting adjourned at 9:30 am.

Respectfully submitted,
Karen Horn
Director, Public Policy and Research

Board or Committee: 
VLCT Board of Directors
Board Meeting Date: 
Thursday, December 17, 2020

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