Chilmark voters will encounter open seats on three different boards when they go to the polls on Wednesday, April 25.
The surveyors of wood, lumber, and bark, the fence viewers, and cemetery commissioners, all three-member, elected bodies, are each down a person, and looking to rectify that.
Nobody has taken out nomination papers for any of the spots, according to town clerk Jennifer Christy, who anticipates there will be write-in candidates.
The finance committee also has an open seat. Town executive secretary Tim Carroll told The Times that while surveyors of wood, lumber, and bark undertake rather light work on behalf of the town — inspecting cordwood suspected of being cut or stacked deficiently — members of the finance committee are critical to town functionality. In addition to extensive work on budgetary matters, the committee evaluates every article on a given town warrant.
The remaining positions in Chilmark are all unopposed, including that of selectmen chairman Bill Rossi, who is heading toward his third term on the board.
Eight questions are on the ballot, all of which are monetary in nature. The three largest sums concern Tri-Town Ambulance, the Up-Island School District, and the county communications center.
Question 1 requests $79,000 from real estate and personal property taxes to fund Tri-Town Ambulance for the next fiscal year.
Question 2 asks for assessment of an additional $35,000 in real estate and personal property taxes to contribute to the Up-Island School District for the next fiscal year.
Question 8 asks for an additional $22,332.76 in real estate and personal property taxes to help fund the Dukes County Regional Emergency Communication Center for the next fiscal year.