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February 14, 2022   -    Local Government News Direct to You 

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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. 

THE GENERAL FUND                                     

Proposed:  $28,461,478.56.  

The General Fund receives revenue from a variety of sources, including grants, fees, and
property taxes. Approximately 37% of the revenue comes from sources other than property taxes. As approved by City Council, the proposed budget includes an 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 the increase funding the Penny for Paths and the Penny for Open Space increase resulting from the reappraisal. Beginning with FY2023, these pennies will be listed separately on 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)

Services include police, recreation & parks, library, public works, fire & rscue, planning & zoning, city clerk, traffic signals and street lights, and administration.


Water Fund
Budget:            $3,056,039.00
Rate Increase: 3.00% or $8.53 annually

Sormwater Fund
Budget:            $4,420,196.58
Rate Increase: 1.67% for $1.44 annually

Sewer Fund
Budget:             $5,074,576.74
Rate Increase: 1.95% or $6.83 annually

Learn more about the proposed budgets.


Budget Book - 22 full

South Burlington City and School District Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Books

You can view the electronic version  posted here.  Printed copies are now available at City Hall!

If you'd like one mailed to you, please reach out to the City Manager's Office at (802) 846-4107.

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.


2022 Ballot

Town Meeting Ballots are Ready for Early Voting

Annual Town meeting ballots have arrived it the City Clerk's office!  If you wish to vote early, you may

  • call the office at 846-4105 to request a ballot to be mailed to you,
  • go online to your my voter page and request a ballot,
  • or you may come into City Hall to pick up your ballot and take it home or vote in the office. 

If you do come to City Hall, please remember that we can only hand a ballot to the actual voter, therefore you cannot pick up someone else's ballot.  Early voting will end at noon on February 28th.  All ballots must be received back by the close of the polls on Election Day in order to be counted.

mask - black lined

Update on City Mask Mandate

At the City Council meeting on Monday night, the city-wide mask mandate was updated. The mandate remains in place with masks being required in city-owned buildings and all public buildings throughout the city. The Council did approve an “Opt-Out” option for businesses

Read more.

Wheeler Habitat - bronto

Wheeler Habitat Management

Beginning this month and next, the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) will conduct habitat management work at Wheeler Nature Park through their Partners for Fish & Wildlife Program.  It mainly involves invasive plant removal to improve habitat priority for birds as identified by Audubon Vermont.  Learn more.


Mr Fin - cat registration

Are you a pet owner?  This is the time of the year that many people adopt a new dog or cat or maybe adopted a new pet during the pandemic or have a dog and cat and didn’t realize you needed to register them?  This is a friendly reminder that part of being a good pet owner is to register your pet with the City Clerk’s office.  Who needs to be registered?  Any dog or cat 6 months of age or older. 

Learn more.

Kirby Road


Seeking Community Input for Possible Kirby Road Extenstion Zoning Change

Public Meeting:  February 17, 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.  They are seeking community input. You can join the meeting:


By phone: (872) 240-3311, Access Code: 919-877-869

In person: City Hall, 180 Market Street

Read more about the project..

Land Development

Land Development Regulations Approved by City Council

On March, 7, the City Council approved the new Land Development Regulations, as proposed. This concludes a lengthy process. Learn more.

biker - farrell park

South Burlington Recreation Path:
One of the Top 10 Trails in Vermont

The South Burlington Recreation Path made the list in the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy blog. They also mention the Penny for Paths work closing the gaps in our system.

Check out the list.

See the trail info for the Recreation Path and others. 

 It’s a great time of year to get out and enjoy our parks and trails.  Happy recreating!

winter biker - new sign on Hinesburg - speed change

Speed Limit Change on Hinesburg Road Now in Effect

In response to the City's request to consider a speed limit change along the entire length of Route 116/Hinesburg Road in South Burlington, VTrans has lowered the speed limit. New signage has also been installed.

Read more.

Flag at Overlook

Our Flag at Overlook

Thank you to those who have shared the concern about the Overlook Flag being absent.  In one of the recent wind storms, a mechanism on the flagpole was damaged.  We have ordered a replacement part and as soon as it arrives we will ensure its quick repair to get the flag flying again. 

Focus_Area_Final CVCP

Champlain Valley Conservation Partnership Focus Area & Outreach

Through 2021, the Champlain Valley Conservation Partnership (CVCP) worked to establish a focus area within the partnership land area to help prioritize conservation and stewardship projects. The goal of the focus area is to be able to share a specific land area with other potential conservation partners so that projects are easier to identify, funding can be more focused, and a regional strategy be better defined.

City Center Housing - corner of Garden and Market

New Housing for City Center

A new building will be joining the burgeoning Market Street area in the near future. Last month, the City issued site plan approval for four-story building that will include 61 dwelling units ranging from studios to three bedrooms.

Read more.

Whale Tails Updated

OnLogic Facility Approved By DRB

OnLogic, designer and manufacturer of industrial computers (among other products and services) with its US headquarters in South Burlington, received approval for its second facility in the community.


Rent the Auditorium!

Planning a concert, dance recital, debate or play? The South Burlington Public Library Auditorium is now available for public use! Learn more.

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:

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 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

microphone - audience

FORUMS: City Council and School Board Candidates

February 16, 2022  |  City Hall Auditorium  | Hybrid event

6:00 pm   School Board candidates
7:30 pm   City Council candidates

Join members of the SBHS Debate Team and resident-volunteers Vince Bolduc and Monica Ostby, who have organized these two events to give voters a real-time interactive opportunity to get to know the candidates. There is a virtual option and sessions will be recoded for those who cannot attend.

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
Access Code: 296-671-597


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.

Tuesday, February 22  |  6:30 pm  | Hybrid
Auditorium, City Hall, 180 Market Street
Virtual Option: see info below

  • PUBLIC HEARING: CDBG Application
    (7 pm)
  • City pension asset update and pension actuarial update
  • Discuss funding received from the American Recovery Plan to include values for use of the funds, and possible processes
  • Consider lease of 577 Dorset Street to School District
  • Charter Committee resolution
  • January financials

Access agendas and minutes.

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

Phone (audio only):  (224) 501-3412
Access code:   597-189-581

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.


On Exhibit: Harlan Mack

Harlan Mack - 2

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. 

Stop by City Hall at 180 Market Street to view his work.


On Exhibit: Art Quilts by Sue Alenick

Sue Alenick - Art Quilt - cardinals

On the third floor of City Hall, Sue Alenick’s Art Quilts are now on display. 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. She has been recording the minutes of City Council and various boards since then.

Learn more about Sue and view her pieces through the end of March in City Hall.


SoBuPlay Spring 2022

SoBu Play

Spring Programs and Summer Camp Guide to be released electronically February 14.


SB Youth Baseball/Softball League

Registration is now open. Visit their website to learn more

Ice Rink at SBHS

SBHS Rink 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


Groups gather in the Senior Center on a snowy afternoon to play Mahjong, Canasta, Cribbage and Bridge


painting in senior center

Brushstrokes & Brews

Starting in January, the Senior Center began hosting a once a month “Brushstrokes and Brews” event.  Instructed, step by step acrylic painting and afternoon tea/coffee is the perfect way to round out the last Friday of each month.  Learn more.

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.


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