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1  Fairfax News / Current News & Events / Casella Holiday Schedule for 2018 on: December 29, 2017, 10:03:57 AM
2  General / General Discussion / Re: A Stranger's Christmas Gift at the Supermarket on: December 22, 2017, 09:04:53 PM
I love this!! Thanks for sharing!!
3  General / Local Business Announcements / Re: Nan's Mobil - Weekly Dinner Specials on: December 04, 2017, 10:13:50 AM
Excited to have new meals in the local community! We will be down tonight!
4  Fairfax News / Current News & Events / Re: Daisy Collins Dies At Age 80 on: October 27, 2017, 10:24:14 AM
Thoughts and Prayers to all of Daisy's family and friends.  She was a super lady who I have great memories of as well as when my mom passed her checking in with me.  I will miss her... ~Mary Kay
5  Fairfax News / Current News & Events / Re: The Buck Hollers at Snow Farm Winery Harvest Festival this Sat. Oct 7 on: October 10, 2017, 01:24:00 PM
Wish I had been in town to go!  I hope it went great Dave.
6  Fairfax News / Current News & Events / Re: BFA Fairfax Renovation/Expansion Project By Mike and Martha Leech on: October 02, 2017, 02:14:29 PM
I shared the link to the bond presentation.
7  Fairfax News / Current News & Events / School Bond Presentation on: October 02, 2017, 02:11:28 PM
Thank you Scott Mitchell for passing on the presentation for October 9th meeting.

8  Fairfax News / Current News & Events / Re: Yup!! Henry Empey Is My Grandson on: October 02, 2017, 02:06:34 PM
Super Proud of my nephew! Will be glad to give him a BIG HUG when he gets back!
9  Fairfax News / Current News & Events / Re: BFA Renovation Estimate Breakout on: September 22, 2017, 08:11:53 PM
Thanks Scott
10  Fairfax News / Current News & Events / Re: BFA Renovation Estimatate Breakout on: September 22, 2017, 10:31:52 AM
Can you explain what "General Conditions" entails.

Thank you
11  Fairfax News / Current News & Events / Re: BFA Fairfax Renovation/Expansion Project By Mike and Martha Leech on: September 21, 2017, 07:15:54 PM
A friend of my posted this and I agree this needs to be answered and not ignored.

"Now there is a video about the $16 million renovation project at BFA Fairfax. Just like at the second meeting and in the mailer that went out, this video also says, much of the costs of the project will be shared with other towns in VT. Ok, show us the numbers. How much will Fairfax residents be paying for this project and how much will the rest of the state be paying? According to the Vermont School Construction Planning Guide, before the warning for a public vote on the project is published, voters are suppose to be informed how much of the project will be fully funded by the district."
12  Fairfax News / Current News & Events / Re: Norm Stinehour Passes on: September 14, 2017, 12:34:25 PM
Norm was my Essex Tech Accounting Teacher.  I was ahead of the class in Accounting so my second year was catered just for me and to learn PeachTree software and do different  types of exercises.  At the time it was new to be using Accounting Software.  I was a programming geek at the age of 12 and Norm was a teacher who saw this as a way to pull my strengths together. He and Joyce (who was my data processing teacher in Essex) both have had affects on who I am today and many of the skills I learned there still ring true in 2017. 

My thoughts and prayers to Joyce and all family and friends.  RIP Norm and Thank you ~Mary Kay Raymond
13  Fairfax News / Current News & Events / Re: The Town of Fairfax Officials would like to issue a statement regarding tax bill on: August 15, 2017, 09:49:43 AM
Todd is correct.  It also gives the town longer to get the Audit done which has been an issue as well.  ~MK
14  Fairfax News / Current News & Events / The Town of Fairfax Officials would like to issue a statement regarding tax bill on: July 31, 2017, 01:56:58 PM
The Town of Fairfax Officials would like to issue a statement regarding tax bills. 

The following is the facts and explains how the tax bills this year were issued.  Please note, the voters passed to change the tax year from calendar to fiscal, hence the 18 months for the first tax bill to catch us up to the fiscal year rotation.

The tax bill you received is for 18 months.  The 18 months applies to the MUNICIPAL portion only.  The school has been operating on a fiscal year and your amount for the education is for 12 months only.

The fiscal year is July 1st  to June 30th.   The municipal portion of the tax bill covers your payments from January 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.  Next tax bill that will go out, will be for a 12 month period. 

The Municipal tax rate is calculated to cover the additional 6 months of budget.  The tax rate will be re-calculated when the next bill goes out to accommodate a 12 month budget. 

The Trash fee is calculated on 18 months.  Currently, this equals $28.22 a month for your garbage.  The 2016 tax bill had a portion calculated into the tax rate like it was historically done, and 8 months listed out. 

Please call with clarification questions.  802-849-6111 ext. 10
15  Fairfax News / Current News & Events / Re: BFA Fairfax Middle/High School Bond Project on: July 20, 2017, 01:52:41 PM
This is from the link provided. Please go to the link to see all the details as I just parsed some out.

What will this mean for my taxes?

Taxes will increase. However, it is important to remember that Vermont schools are funded by education taxes paid into a common statewide system by all taxpayers in Vermont.  Those with fixed incomes and combined earning below $141,000 are eligible for a property tax adjustment. The net effect is that this group of taxpayers are assessed at lower rate, which is known as the income sensitivity provisions. The number of households in Fairfax that are income sensitive is 65%. Which means that much of the costs of the project will be shared with other towns in Vermont. Just as the citizens of Fairfax support projects occurring in other schools throughout Vermont.

The tax impact, if we were to incur this debt in FY18,  is estimated to be between 11.56-13.38 cents. We cannot project what the impact would be in FY20 because the legislation governing education finance may change.
With a 30 year bond at the highest anticipated interest rate, the cost per pupil calculated on the FY18 budget plus the estimated additional debt expenses would still remain below the FY17 state average per pupil.

The potential impact of the additional debt services on the FY18 budget would be between a 7.12-8.24% increase. 

*** Here is my 2 Cents Below ***
That is a BIG increase. I know of no one around here who got a raise even near that amount.  People are struggling as it is. Some folks who don't get the property tax adjustment may not be able to handle the extra.

I was at the Merger meetings and they wanted to take our kids out of 29 program options in our Essex and Burlington Tech schools to NW Tech with 10 programs, no pre-tech, and a Cosmetology program the kids have to do a third year in Essex (Essex completes in two years) to save money and now they want this?


What are they doing:
Renovation Project Highlights
Renovation Project Highlights

What does this renovation plan include?

Restore Main Entrance/Visitor Access to Historic Location (current Middle School entrance)
Increase Safety and Security of building
​Install Fire Safety Sprinkler System in Middle/High School
​Accessibility Upgrades for ADA Compliance
Update School/Community Library
Relocate and Centralize Administration and Guidance Offices to the Front of the Building
Expand Visitor Parking Lot at New Main Entrance
Construct New 400-Seat School Auditorium/Performing Arts Center with Separate Entrance
Construct a New Middle School Gymnasium with Separate Entrance
Redesign Cafeteria with Courtyard and Patio
Update Multipurpose Room, Media Center, Driver's Ed, and High School Resource Rooms
Renovate Middle and High School Bathrooms and Locker Room
Modernize Science/STEM/Innovation Labs in Middle/High School
Create New Art Room Adjacent to Auditorium/Performing Arts Center
New Roof on Middle/High School and Add Reinforcements
Repave Existing Parking Lots
Replace Water Main
Install New Flooring

***** MY 2 Cents******
The Auditorium/Performing Arts Center and a Gym built for the middle school, and new art room is where I personally say Cool, but $$ tells me maybe we spread that out down the road so folks can afford the maintenance needs.  These two are not maintenance but Additions.

I also think if the % increase wasn't so much you would have more folks on board from the get go.

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