Montpelier voters spoke on Tuesday with more of a whisper than a scream.
What they've said is that they like firefighters, Jessica Edgerly Walsh, the Circulator bus, and in terms of budgets, the city's budget is more appealing to voters than the school budget.
As for that firefighter position that City Manager William Fraser recommended to the City Council be cut, well, it's back.
The City Council agreed with Fraser's plan in January, which also included eliminating a police officer, a Department of Public Works employee and cutting the zoning administrator position from fulltime to part-time.
That didn't sit too well with firefighters and so they petitioned to put that budget cut on the Town Meeting Day ballot. It passed by 100 votes and the firefighter position is now back in the budget for fiscal year 2014.
While that's a victory for the firefighters, one can't help but wonder how this will affect the relationship between firefighters and Fraser's office. There's always another union contract to be negotiated, so we shall see.
The school and city budgets both passed, but the school budget passed by much less than the city budget.
The city budget received 74 percent voter approval while the school budget passed by just over 61 percent. And the second school budget request squeaked through with just 53.2 percent.
Voters showed less love for the school district when voting on bonds too.
The city's two bonds — one for streets and one for sewer repairs — passed by 80 and 76 percent respectively.
The school district's $2.3 million bond to pay for school building repairs was only supported by 61.5 percent of voters.
Perhaps if the school district weren't so secretive, voters would be more willing to support the school budgets. But if they pass, who cares?
In District 3, City Councilor Angela Timpone decided to not run for reelection after serving one two-year term. On Tuesday in a four-way race, District 3 voters elected Jessica Edgerly Walsh to represent them on the City Council. Walsh received 295 votes.
Ron Wild, Steven Cook and Zack Hughes also ran for the District 3 seat. Wild came in second with 150 votes, Cook received 109 votes and Hughes got 70.
Montpelier Alive's new "Downtown Improvement District" was approved by 54 percent of voters.
The result of that vote is that commercial building owners in downtown Montpelier will see their property tax rate increase by four and a half cents per $100 of property value. That additional property tax revenue, anticipated be around $75,000, will be given to Montpelier Alive.
And despite the constant grumbling by City Councilors about the Montpelier Circulator bus, Montpelier residents seem to love it. Well they like the bus more than they like repairing and maintaining three school buildings, the Circulator bus received more than 67 percent approval.
The Kellogg-Hubbard Library Montpelier budget allocation passed with just over 66 percent.
A total of 2,396 people voted.