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Re: “Emery Keeps South Burlington Council Seat; Massive School Bond Fails

I think it is important to remember that while most voters said NO to the bond, that doesn't mean they're against a less (much less) costly alternative. On Facebook and other forums, again and again residents said they want good schools and a good environment. But, the feeling is that the board wanted a champagne solution that is not what we CAN pay for. In addition, the materials from the school board said that the property tax rebates will greatly reduce the new taxes needed. What they didn't mention in their materials is that the property rebate is limited to just over $5000. So, once the state sends back that amount and it gets applied to your education tax, you are responsible for anything extra.

Some of us offered alternatives to the board -- instead of an expensive sports complex, why not lease the closed Sears store and use that? Or why not work with a local fitness center to come up with a solution? As for projected enrollment increases and overcrowding, why not stop taking tuition students?
The price tag itself was in question -- we weren't told even an estimate with interest included.
I think the school board needs to be more honest and open with the taxpayers.

7 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Steve Arrants on 03/04/2020 at 1:49 PM

Re: “Snail's Pace: Mail Delivery Lags in South Burlington Neighborhood

I live in the development behind the National Guard entrance to the airport (Country Club Estates) and there are some days when the mail doesn't come until 7pm or so. I've had a W2 delayed as well as other mail. Informed Delivery lists a piece as arriving that day but sometimes I don't see it for days. Inquiring about it didn't get an answer.

11 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Steve Arrants on 02/25/2020 at 7:27 PM

Re: “Vermont Lawmakers Seek to Make Robocalls a Crime

Political calls are protected by the First Amendment, says the 9th Circuit. Marketing calls are commercial speech and don't (generally) have the same protections.

10 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Steve Arrants on 02/12/2020 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Dining on a Dime: the Pour House

One of my favorite places for some comfort food.

5 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Steve Arrants on 02/07/2020 at 4:07 PM

Re: “Hire Anxiety: Layoffs Jolt Burlington-Area Tech Sector

There is another choice, Dave S --
Get a remote job that allows you to work from Vermont. I was very fortunate to find one that allows me to work from home or a co-working space.

8 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Steve Arrants on 11/07/2019 at 9:31 AM

Re: “Hire Anxiety: Layoffs Jolt Burlington-Area Tech Sector

Vermont is a great incubator for innovative tech businesses. But it has trouble being a home for them after they've become successful. You'd think that with the much lower salaries in Vermont, an engaged workforce, support from the state government, these acquirers would want to keep the business here. What then are the reasons they cut and run? It's not the cost of living, taxes, or housing prices -- compare Burlington to San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Austin, Seattle, Boston, and other locations. Environment? Well, yes, winter can be rough, mud season is a mess. But it has to be more than that.

7 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Steve Arrants on 11/07/2019 at 8:44 AM

Re: “Threat-Detection Company Social Sentinel Lays Off 19 Employees

From LinkedIn, it looks like Gary Margolis is no longer CEO https://www.linkedin.com/in/garymargolis/
and that Rick Gibbs is now the CEO https://www.linkedin.com/in/rickgibbs/

Posted by Steve Arrants on 11/04/2019 at 1:19 PM

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