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City of Winooski News Updates

Posted on: January 21, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Mayor's Update 1.21.22

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Hello Neighbors, 

Winooski City Council will have our final FY23 budget discussion at our Council meeting at 6 PM on Monday, January 24. This is your last chance to share your thoughts before we vote on a budget to present to voters on Town Meeting Day (March 1, 2022). The current draft budget projects an increase to the municipal tax rate of 2.89% or about $75 a year for the average homeowner in Winooski. The draft FY23 budget retains our current level of City staff and services. A big challenge has been rising inflation, with the consumer price index (CPI) coming in at 6.5%. Our union staff contracts require pay increases tied to the CPI and much of the City budget is made up of our staff. A full budget presentation will be available via Town Meeting TV next month, and we will partner with the school district for a virtual presentation right before Town Meeting Day, stay tuned. For all FY23 budget and participation info, please visit winooskivt.gov/fy23.

During our Council meeting on the 18th, we received an update from the City Clerk’s office on voting for Town Meeting Day. All legal residents, regardless of citizenship status, will be able to vote on local/municipal/school (Winooski only) ballot items. Register to vote anytime, even on Town Meeting Day. Absentee ballots will be available on February 9, at which time anyone can vote early - pick one up at Winooski City Hall or request one by mail. For full details on voting in Winooski, visit winooskivt.gov/vote.

Two Council seats are open this Town Meeting Day as Councilors Hal Colston and Michael Myers will not be seeking re-election. It's been a pleasure to serve with both Mike and Hal, and I'm thankful for their service to the community over the years. This is an exciting opportunity to welcome some new voices to the decision-making table. If you don’t feel represented in local government, this is your chance to lend your voice and give back. The State Legislature recently suspended the signature requirement to be on the ballot, so if you want to run for City Council, just stop in City Hall before 5 PM on Monday, January 24, and fill out the consent form. I am happy to chat with anyone who’s interested, or hesitant. Serving as a City Councilor is an amazing way to give back to the community, enhance your career, and connect with your neighbors. 

Lastly, many thanks to everyone for getting their cars off the street during our recent winter parking ban. I also want to thank our Public Works and Public Safety departments for their service in keeping our roads and sidewalks safe! Remember, if you don't have off-street parking, you can always park in the Winooski Parking Garage on Cascade Way. Sign up for our winter parking bans by texting 'Winooski' to 888 777 or visit winooskivt.gov/parking for full details.

As always, feel free to reach out any time:

Mayor Kristine Lott - klott@winooskivt.gov / 802 766 1988

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