MSAC, the 5 "Supporting Towns" & Town Meeting Requests

  1. General info and figures
  2. Summary of FY24 requests
  3. Reports for each town, 2022 Town Meeting
  4. Berlin's Request & Meals on Wheels
  5. Tiered dues & fees

MSAC and Supporting Town Tax Appropriation Requests on 2023 Town Meeting Ballots for FY24 Funding

Each year, MSAC has a request for a tax appropriation appear on the town ballots of six towns: Berlin, Calais, East Montpelier, Middlesex, Moretown, and Worcester (each of which can be found by scrolling to the bottom of the page). Unfortunately, due to a confluence of reasons, MSAC missed the opportunity to apply for funding from Berlin and Middlesex. Town of Berlin residents came out in droves to sign a petition for a special election in May, however, and the vote passed with 83 over 30 votes for MSAC to receive an increase in funding at $21,600 for FY24. Middlesex was unable to extend this opportunity, so Middlesex residents are now considered “other town” members.

In FY23, MSAC served over 350 people from the six towns—down slightly from past years but undoubtedly a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, cancellation of some services and programs, and our pivot to online format for many classes. We know that our pandemic response has been resourceful and important to residents of all these towns and appreciate voters’ consideration of the value of MSAC even—or especially—during a pandemic. For FY24, we sought an increase in funding from surrounding towns to meet the 7% increase received from the City of Montpelier. Requests to these towns totaled $48,100, as you can see below. The highest amount is in Berlin where MSAC also subsidizes and delivers Meals on Wheels.

The City of Montpelier subsidizes residents from surrounding communities at a cost of about $106 per person based on an average annual attendance of non-duplicated participants, and level-funding from Montpelier tax-payers will represent an historic 18% increase at $188,674. In a typical year, about a quarter of the people MSAC serves are residents of our six supporting towns, while about 2/3 are Montpelier residents.