South Burlington City News - February 25, 2022

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South Burlington City News

February 25, 2022   -    Local Government News Direct to You 


Polling locations are open 7 am - 7 pm on Tuesday, March 1. Voters are to go to your polling place in your district—Chamberlin School on White Street, Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School on Dorset Street and Orchard School on Baldwin Avenue.  

The City Clerk's Office will close at NOON on Monday, February 28 to prepare for the Annual Meeting and elections.  See below for information on returning ballots from early voting.

Due to the weather, the South Burlington Public Library is closed today — Friday, February 25, 2022.

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 

If you are voting early, please be sure to return your ballot to the City Clerk's Office by noon on Monday, February 28 or in the City's drop box at City Hall. You can also bring your ballot to your polling location. 

If you do come to City Hall to obtain a ballot, 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.

Parking ban

Jake in bucket

This is Jake in the bucket...however, on a warm summer day!

Working Through the Storm

Did you know that the traffic signals at Williston Road and Dorset Street were knocked out during the wind and snow squalls last weekend?

Members of our Department of Public Works (DPW) and the Police Department were onsite to manage traffic and restore functionality throughout the weekend.

A HUGE shout out to our Traffic Signal Technician Scott "Jake" Jacobs, who worked up in the bucket lift, during the wind and snow. 


Queen City Park Road Bike + Pedestrian Connections Study

Public Meeting March 9, 5:30 to 6:30 pm

The Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission, the City of South Burlington, and the City of Burlington have partnered to study opportunities for bicycle and pedestrian connections along Queen City Park Road and Austin Drive, from the Hannaford Plaza on US Route 7, to the Burlington Bike Path at Oakledge Park.

At this public meeting, draft concepts for bike and pedestrian facilities will be presented and discussed. Please come share your thoughts and help guide the design process!

For more information on the study, visit:

Join the meeting in person at South Burlington City Hall or attend virtually:


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.


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.

BTV - aerial terminal 3

Wondering where you can get information about the BTV Sound Mitigation Program?

Access maps, plans, and find answers to questions at


Taxes Due


You can pay your bill via mail, the City Hall drop box, or in City Hall during business hours.

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

Low Income Household Water Assistance Program - LIHWAP

The Vermont Department for Children and Families (DCF) launched the Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) to help eligible households pay their water and wastewater bills. The program runs from November 2021 through September 2023, with the potential to be extended. LIHWAP is a national program established by Congress under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 to help families experiencing financial hardship.

Eligible households are those with gross household income below 60% of the state median income based on household size. Priority will be given to households whose water/wastewater has been disconnected or is at risk of being disconnected.

Customers can download/print the application at

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:

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

School District
Events & News

SB School District logo

School Board Meetings

March 2  |  7 pm
Regular Meeting

March 16  |  7 pm
Regular Meeting

Agendas and Participation Info on the District website under Announcements


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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.


Access agendas and minutes.

Thursday, March 3  |  6:30 pm  | Hybrid
Auditorium, City Hall, 180 Market Street
Virtual Option: see info below

  • Election of officers
  • Set regular meeting dates
  • Annual appointments
  • Designate officials

Phone (audio only):  (669) 224-3412
Access code:   192-048-501


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

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

Phone (audio only):  (312) 257-3121
Access code:   932-943-421
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 February 22, 2022 meeting 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.


SoBuPlay Spring 2022

SoBu Play

The Spring Issue is now LIVE! Check it out!

Summer Camp Open

This summer we’ll have camps ranging from Science, Safari, Chess, Nature, Rocketry, Pottery, CSI to multiple sport offerings like Track, Baseball, Fishing, Tennis, Soccer and Flag Football.  Visit our website and click on the individual camps to read more about them.  Space is limited, be sure to register early!


Take out and SoBu Night Out

Got Food Trucks?

Are you a food vendor or a friend of one who might be interested in being a part of our food truck events this spring and summer? We are looking for vendors for our TNT (Thursday Night Take-Out) event in May and June, as well as our SoBu Nite Out event in July and August. Application forms are below.

TNT Application

SoBu Nite Out Application 

Nick Pillsbury - head shot

We are thrilled to announce that we have hired Nick Pillsbury as the newest member of our Recreation and Parks Team. Nick comes to us from Champlain College, where he worked in both Recreation and Events and brings a wealth of experience and energy to his new Recreation Specialist position.  Nick’s official start date is March 7th.  Please be sure to say hello and welcome him as you see him at upcoming programs and events.  We are so excited to have him support our already stellar team.

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


Jazzercise at SB Senior Center

Join us for our popular Jazzercise LO class. Muscles, not momentum, drive this class that is a low impact dance-based and strength training class designed with you in mind.

Click here to learn more


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.  

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



The Public Library is open:

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

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.