ST. ALBANS TOWN — A petition asking St. Albans Town voters if they wish to redirect the revenue from the town’s 1 percent sales tax into the general fund will not be going before voters on Town Meeting Day.
The town’s attorney has advised the selectboard not to include the petition on the ballot. In a letter to the selectboard, read by chair Stan Dukas, the attorney stated, “It is my opinion that the petition does not present a valid question and should not be placed on the ballot.”
In 2014, when voters approved the sales tax, they also approved setting the money into a reserve fund to be used for infrastructure. That fund currently has $1.77 million in it. The petition would have taken that money and applied it to the town’s expenditures this year.
“This petition seeks a reconsideration of the March 2014 vote,” the attorney concluded, and thus should have been filed within 30 days of the original vote.
According to Dukas, it was the inclusion of language using the $1.77 million already set aside that caused the attorney to conclude the petition was an effort to reconsider the 2014 vote.
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