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Vermont League of Cities and Towns
Virtual Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Minutes

Members Present: Vice President Peter Elwell and Members Jessie Baker, Elaine Haney, and Charles Safford

Others Present: VLCT staff members Maura Carroll and Karen Horn; Representative Jill Krowinski, incoming Speaker of the House; and Conor Kennedy, assistant to Rep. Krowinski.

All attended via GoToMeeting.

VLCT Board Vice President Peter Elwell called the meeting to order at 11:00 am. He welcomed Representative Krowinski to the meeting and expressed the desire to work as partners on legislation and with the legislative and executive branches of the state.

A discussion ensued of both Representative Krowinski’s and VLCT’s legislative priorities. They include

  • addressing COVID-19-generated needs;
  • extending the deadline for expenditure of Coronavirus Relief Funds allocated to municipal programs in compliance with new federal legislation;
  • property taxes 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 11:30 am.

Respectfully submitted,
Karen Horn
Director, Public Policy and Research

Board or Committee: 
VLCT Board of Directors
Board Meeting Date: 
Tuesday, December 29, 2020

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