South Burlington City News - January 27, 2022

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South Burlington City News

January 27, 2022   -    Local Government News Direct to You 

Budget 1

Proposed FY23 Budgets

On Tuesday, March 1, voters will be asked to consider the proposed FY2023 City of South Burlington budget.  The total budget is $52,525,176.75 with $17,962,812.57 to be raised from property taxes.  This budget achieves these important goals:

  • Maximizes the potential of 180 Market Street by expanding Library staffing (and therefore hours) and ensuring the proper maintenance of City Hall, the Library, and the Senior Center. 

  • Improves our information technology infrastructure for better more resilient service delivery including implementing body warn cameras for the Police Department and automating our permitting processes.

  • Invests in deferred capital projects and adds resources to strategically link our new capital investments to ongoing maintenance needs.

  • Invests American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars in one-time projects that ease the burden on the local property tax payers. 

The total proposed FY2023 General Fund budget is $28,461,478.56.  37% of the revenue comes from sources other than property taxes. 

As approved by the City Council, the proposed budget includes an estimated increase of 6.27% in the tax rate over last year.  5.19% of this increase is attributable to operational costs with 1.08% of this increase funding the Penny for Paths and the Penny for Open Space increase resulting from the reappraisal.  With FY2023, these Pennies will be listed separately on the tax bills. 

What is the average annual cost to a property owner?

  • Condo owner:  $79.13
    (avg value of $289,865)

  • Detached primary residence:  $118.13
    (avg value of $432,720)
Budget Book - 22 full

South Burlington City and School District Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Books

Electronic copies will be available online beginning Friday, January 28. They will be posted here.

Printed copies will be available at City Hall beginning on Monday, January 31.

Budget and charts

Budget Narrative

In accordance with the City Charter, the proposed budget for FY 2023, which has been discussed and
approved by the City Council (January 18, 2022), is now available to the voters for their consideration
on March 1, 2022.  Read more.


Microphone - public meeting

Pre-Town Meeting/Public Hearing

Monday, February 28, 2022   |  7 pm

The legal voters of the City of South Burlington are further warned and notified that a virtual public information meeting will be held to discuss
Articles I and II on Monday, February 28, 2021 on GoToMeeting.

From your computer, tablet or smartphone:

From your phone: (669) 224-3412


Voting buttons

WARNING: Annual City Meeting

Tuesday, March 1, 2022   | 7 am - 7 pm

The legal voters of the City of South Burlington are hereby notified and warned to meet at their respective polling places at the Chamberlin School on White Street, the Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School on Dorset Street, and the Orchard School on Baldwin Avenue on Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at 7 o’clock in the forenoon, at which time the polls will open until 7 o’clock in the evening, at which time the polls will close, to vote by Australian Ballot
on the following articles:

To elect all City Officers and City Councilors as required by law.

Shall the City adopt the City Council’s proposed budget for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023 totaling fifty two million five hundred twenty five thousand one hundred seventy six and seventy five cents ($52,525,176.75) of which, excluding previously voter-approved levies, it is estimated seventeen million nine hundred sixty two thousand eight hundred twelve and fifty seven cents ($17,962,812.57) will be raised by local property taxes? 


The legal voters of the City of South Burlington are further notified that voter qualification, registration and absentee voting relative to said annual meeting shall be as provided by the Vermont Statutes Annotated.

Face Mask Notice

Face Masks Required in City

Face masks are required to be worn in City-owned and operated buildings that are open to the public and while indoors in public locations within the City of South Burlington. If you have questions, please contact the City Manager’s Office at (802)846-4107.

Please do not contact the Police Department regarding the use of face masks, as they are not working to enforce compliance.

Read more.

Kirby Road

Seeking Community Input for Possible Kirby Road Extenstion Zoning Change

Public Meeting:  February 3, 2022   |   7 pm  |  Virtual

The South Burlington’s Planning Commission has set up a volunteer Airport Rezoning Task Force to consider a possible zoning change to allow aviation-related uses and buildings on land east of Airport Parkway, in the vicinity of Kirby Road Extension.  

Read more and access online meeting info.

Hampton Inn - Holiday Inn -rendering 1

Private Development Projects in Progress

The Development Review Board is completing review of three large projects and considering an amendment to a fourth, over their next two meetings. The applications for Beta Technologies (manufacturing / office), O’Brien Hillside Lots 10 & 11 (Mixed income multi-family housing), and OnLogic (manufacturing / office) are ongoing, while Spear Meadows on Spear Street is requesting a change that would eliminate a planned left-turn lane off Spear Street. This change is supported by DPW.

The owners of the Hampton Inn / Holiday Inn have received their approvals for the hotel renovations and for a third building that will contain a mix of apartments and some commercial space. They are putting together their documents to receive their zoning permit for construction and we expect them to begin this next phase shortly. (Image above is a rendering.)

Land Development

Public Hearing: Draft LDRs 

February 7, 2022  |  7:30 pm
City Hall  |  Hybrid meeting

The discussion continues; the City Council will hold their second public hearing to consider a series of changes to the City’s Land Development Regulations. After the hearing, the Council may choose to adopt the draft or make further changes.

Read more.

Virtual Information

Climate Action

Climate Action Plan Schedule and Information

At the task force's last meeting on January 13, a 9 month schedule to complete the plan was presented. This will include time for drafts, task force discussions, and public input.

The task force is working with CCRPC on this project, and a presentation and discussion of the Draft Vermont State Climate Action Plan was the bulk of the meeting.

To access minutes, agendas and more information on the project, visit the task force page.

Vermont Homeowner Assistance Program

Vermont's Homeowner Assistance Program Offering Grants

Now accepting applications
Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) is now accepting applications from Vermont homeowners who are behind on their housing expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funded through the Federal American Rescue Plan Act, the Vermont Homeowner Assistance Program provides grants for eligible Vermont homeowners for missed payments on their mortgage, utilities, property taxes, and homeowner's or condominium association fees. The program is restricted to expenses related to a homeowner's primary home (other eligibility criteria apply). 

To learn more and apply, visit

The City of South Burlington is Hiring!

Looking for a Full and or Part time job?  The City of South Burlington is looking to hire great people to join our team. Here are a few of the several open positions:

Director of Public Works

We are seeking an experienced and engaging leader who can work effectively across the organization, with City Council, and the public.  The department includes three divisions: Water Quality, Stormwater, and Highway.  Learn more.

Career Firefighter

Performs fire suppression, emergency medical services operations, hazardous materials mitigation, special operations / technical rescue and fire prevention. Performs maintenance on vehicles, equipment and the fire station. Has knowledge of the National Incident Management System.  Learn More

Public Service Specialists -- Welcome Center

Looking to fill 2 positions -- one will also support the City Clerk's Office and one will support Taxes and Assessment. The Public Services Specialist is the first point of contact for visitors to City Hall at 180 Market Street. The specialist will greet and assist visitors and aid them in requests. Learn more.

CLICK HERE for our most current openings. We have several!

School District
Events & News

SB School District logo

School Board Meetings

Feb  2  |  7 pm
Regular Meeting

Feb 16  |  7 pm
Regular Meeting

Agendas and Participation Info on the District website under Announcements


Parking ban


For a complete list of meetings & events, please visit the calendar at

Monday, February 7  |  6:30 pm  | Hybrid
Auditorium, City Hall, 180 Market Street
Virtual Option: see info below

  • PUBLIC HEARING: Land Development Regulations (LDRs)     (7 pm)
  • Possible vote on LDRs
  • Discussion on Climate Change
  • Approve the FY2021 TIF Annual Report

Access agendas and minutes.

Want to attend the meeting virtually? You can join from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

Phone (audio only):  (872) 240-3212
Access code:   342-108-109

Here are some etiquette guidelines:
  • Keep your camera and microphone off.
  • During invitations for the public to speak, you should turn your camera on to be recognized.
  • If you are having audio issues using your computer's audio, we find it works best to watch the meeting on your device AND dial in to the phone number directly. 

Watch the Last City Council Meeting Recording

Want to see what happened during the latest City Council meeting? Can't attend the live session online?  We've got you covered. You can watch the recorded January 18, 2022 meeting here.

Watch the latest Steering Committee Meeting 
January 24, 2022 recording here.


Harlan Mack - sculpture

On exhibit in the Public Gallery at 180 Market Street: Harlan Mack.  Featuring sculpture from the series “Future Kin” (2017) and large and small scale paintings, the exhibit crosses nearly a decade of work, including several from a residency at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in Captiva, FL.   A lifelong Vermonter, Harlan Mack is a rural multidisciplinary artist living and working in Johnson, VT.  He describes his work as a series of narratives in painting, sculpture, oral narrative, and poetry. 


Sue Alenick - Art Quilt - cardinals

Sue Alenick’s Art Quilts is now on display in the City Hall Gallery (third floor of 180 Market Street).  South Burlington employees have talent. Perhaps none more so than Sue Alenick.  Sue began quilting in the 1970’s and entered her first craft show in 1981 two weeks after moving to Vermont for the second time. 

Her employment with the City of South Burlington started at the same time and she has been taking minutes for the City Council and various boards ever since.  Learn more about Sue and view her pieces through the end of March in City Hall.


Kids playing basketball

Happiness Can Be Found In A Gymnasium During The Winter

After having to take a year off, we are excited to be running our Youth Basketball program once again.  The eyes say it all.  Though players, coaches, referees and spectators all remain masked, we can see the smiles in everyone’s eyes. 
SBHS Ice Rink

SBHS Rink Now Open!

The rink is open to the public after school hours until 10 pm on a first come, first serve basis. All rink inquiries and reservations should be directed to Principal Pat Burke.

Kevin L. Dorn Senior Center

Location:   First floor,  180 Market Street 

SBRP Sr Ctr Feb 2022 Cover

February Activities Guide

All planned activities in the Senior Center are listed on its calendar via the link below. Please note that some programs need pre-regististration and have fees.

February Activities Guide

If you have any questions about the programs, please contact Rebecca at 923-5545 or email at


South Burlington Senior Center will be an AARP Tax- Aide Location

Starting on Fridays in February, the South Burlington Senior Center will be a location for AARP Tax- Aide volunteers to assist with 2021 tax returns.  
Volunteer - blue with hands

Looking for Volunteers

Do you like to help others? Are you looking for something to do in your free time? Do you have a hobby or activity you would like to teach others?

We are looking for volunteers for a variety of activities. Contact Rebecca Isham (923-5545) for more information. 


The Public Library is open:

Monday - Thursday        10 am  -  7 pm
Friday                              10 am  -  5 pm
Saturday                          10 am  -  2 pm

Readers on Couch

Following City Council’s resolution to promote public health and safety and help slow the spread of COVID-19, the library will continue with a modified schedule of online, hybrid, and distanced in-person programs through the end of February.

Virtual Storytimes for Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers are available on our YouTube channel:  SBPLVT StorytimeMusic and Movement with Miss Emma will be postponed until March. We plan to resume in-person Storytimes on March 1.

All book groups for adults will continue online, and some programs will be offered with a hybrid option. The Winter Concert Series has been postponed, to be continued as a Spring Concert Series. The three-part series will commence in March, when we can all look forward to a season of warmth and renewal.

We will continue crafts and movies for older children.  Tech Classes, Poetry Group, English Conversation Circle, and other appealing programs for adults also continue in person. Please expect to remain masked and physically distanced from others outside of your household inside the library.

Please check our website and Facebook for updated program information

Remember that we are here for you six days a week in our welcoming new space. So come in, grab a stack of books or movies, or relax by the fireside while you read away a winter afternoon.


Federal Tax Form

Federal Tax Forms Now Available

Federal tax forms are in! Check under the stairs for the most common forms. If you need others, head to the 2nd floor and sign up for a computer where staff can help you search. Printing a copy of those forms is free; you’ll have to read the booklet online or pay to print that.

Food Shelf Collection Bin

Look for the big red bin in the library lobby and donate food to the SB Food Shelf all year round.


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