St. Albans Town Meeting to Vote on Charter

By Amy Kolb Noyes

Town Meeting Day voters in St. Albans will be asked to adopt a town charter change allowing the town to collect a local option tax. A 1 percent tax would be enacted on sales, meals, alcohol or rooms.

The proposed charter change would also authorize the select board to appoint members to the town Planning Commission. Planning commissioners in St. Albans are currently elected.

The final provision of the proposed charter outlines a procedure by which an elected town officer could be removed from his or her post. Such a recall would require a petition signed by at least 15 percent of the registered voters as well as a town-wide vote by secret ballot.

Two public hearings have been warned in advance of the March 5 ballot vote on the proposed charter. The first hearing is  scheduled for 6:30 p.m. February 4 at the St. Albans Town Hall. A second hearing will be held February 25.