Silt voters to weigh two ballot questions |

Silt voters to weigh two ballot questions

With five candidates running for five seats in Silt, the only issues in doubt in the April 2 municipal election are a pair of ballot questions designed to save the town money.

The ballot questions pertain to publishing legal notices and monthly bills, said town clerk Patty Lambert.

The first question asks whether the town should publish new ordinances in Silt’s legal newspaper by title only, rather than running the full text.

Publishing the full text can get expensive. “Our bond issue was 30 pages long,” Lambert said.

The public could still view new ordinances at Town Hall, or on the website

The second ballot question asks whether the town should stop publishing its monthly bills in the newspaper. Lambert said a state statute passed in 1992 gives towns this option.

Silt residents could still review monthly financial statements at Town Hall.

As for Silt’s races, incumbent Mayor John Evans is running unopposed.

The four trustee candidates for four seats are incumbents James Kellogg, Tod Tibbetts and Craig Wallace and Planning and Zoning Commissioner Shirley Hodges.

The three highest vote-getters will serve four-year terms, and the last-place finisher will serve two years.

Trustees elected or appointed on or after April 2 will receive $50 for every meeting attended, and the mayor will receive $100. The pay scale for trustees not up for election is $25 per meeting attended, and $35 for mayor. The trustees meet twice a month.

The April 2 election will be at polling places. Silt has 1,469 registered voters, and 821 active voters who cast ballots at the last election.

Absentee ballots may be picked up at Town Hall.

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