The Montpelier Senior Activity Center (MSAC) is a valuable resource for residents of Montpelier and many of its surrounding communities. Currently, six surrounding communities contribute financially to support MSAC operating and programming costs: Berlin, Calais, East Montpelier, Middlesex, Moretown, and Worcester. In return, their residents benefit from earlier class registration (with Montpelier residents) and reduced annual dues as "supporting town members" when joining or renewing membership each year (compared with residents of non-supporting towns).
Each year, MSAC collects signatures from registered voters and/or applies to have our request for a tax appropriation appear on the town ballots of those six towns. The amount asked is determined by the number of participants from the town who participated in programs or received services the previous year at MSAC. Last year, MSAC served at least 371 people from the six towns--up 8.8% over the previous year.
Additionally, the City of Montpelier’s much larger tax appropriation for MSAC operations subsidizes residents from surrounding communities at a cost of ~$85-90/person based on an average annual attendance of well over 1,500 non-duplicated participants.
MSAC is facing increases in the operating expenses necessary to maintain and continuously improve programming and services. In an effort to equitably spread the operating costs across many revenue streams, MSAC proportionately requests financial assistance from towns whose residents benefit as "supporting town residents."
To learn more and view specific figures of people served in each town and the amounts of our requests for Town Meeting on March 3, click here.