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Burlington City Council tackles busy schedule and community concerns

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) – On Monday, Burlington city councilors tackled a packed agenda, as well as residents’ concerns about safety.

After a string of recent shootings here in Burlington, residents are asking city councilors to review security in the city, particularly officers’ use of force.

“One of the reasons people feel compelled to do real de-escalation work, which takes well over four minutes, is because we’re afraid BPD will find the crisis first,” Jennifer said. a resident of Burlington.

However, the advisers did not provide any response to their concerns. Instead, they moved on to their otherwise packed agenda.

This included a school board resolution asking to put a $165 million bond for a new high school before voters in November.

“We needed a new high school 20 years ago and the discovery of PCB toxins at the existing high school clearly accelerated that need,” said Burlington resident and former school board member Christopher Haessley. of Burlington.

After a lengthy executive session, councilors reached a settlement with the school board, ultimately deciding to put the issue on the ballot.

If Burlingtonians vote yes in November, the average homeowner will see a tax hike of about $800 a year.

“We are going to have to commit together to avoid general borrowing until our target levels are back in our debt management policy,” Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger said.

Councilors also voted in favor of creating a cannabis control commission. The group will establish guidelines for adult use of the city‘s cannabis stores.

Some healthcare providers were on hand to speak out in favor of the measure.

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