Sep 112020


Minutes Special Meeting

Braintree Selectboard

Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 1:00 pm


“In accordance with the recent amendments to Vermont’s open meeting law, and in light of the ongoing public health crisis, this meeting will be held via conference call. You can access the meeting at the scheduled time by calling 802-210-4472.”



Present via Remote Conference Calling:

Keegan Haupt, Selectboard Member                                      Daniel Burson, Selectboard Member

Charles McMeekin, Selectboard Member


Present at Town Office:

Megan O’Toole, Selectboard Member                                          Loren Bent, Selectboard Member

Jeff Masterson, Highway Foreman                                     Jessica Brassard, Town Clerk/Treasurer

Ms. O’Toole called the special meeting of the Selectboard to order at 1:00pm.  A roll call was done to confirm what Committee Chairpersons and guests might be in attendance via teleconferencing.


The Board Reviewed the agenda with no changes being made.


On motion of Ms. O’Toole, seconded by Mr. McMeekin, the Board unanimously approved moving the Tuesday, September 1, 2020 Selectboard Meeting to Tuesday, September 8, 2020 and the Tuesday, September 15, 2020 Selectboard Meeting to Tuesday, September 22, 2020. 


  • New business
  • Approve the Tax Rate – The Selectbboard Members reviewed materials provided by Ms. Brassard for the calculation of FY ’21. The good news is the Town Tax Rate went down from last year and the Educational Residential and Non-Residential Tax Rate also went down.  A brief discussion ensued regarding possible reasons why the tax income may be less and how the current budget could absorb the shortfall.


On motion of Ms. O’Toole, seconded by Mr. Burson, the Board unanimously approved the Town Residential Tax Rate of 2.3579 and the Town Non-Residential Tax Rate of 2.3732. 


  • Adjournment


On motion of Ms. O’Toole, seconded by Mr. Bent the Board unanimously adjourned the meeting at 1:10 p.m.