Mark Twain said it best, when he mused that “No man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session.” This year was no exception.

The 2016 Vermont Legislature has upped fees for marriage licenses and vehicle registration renewals. As of July 1, marriage licenses will be $60 each, an increase of $15, with the additional money earmarked for the Vermont Center for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention.

Vehicle registration renewals have become more expensive, with fees for cars and light trucks, going up six dollars to $76 per year. Other registration fees have been upped as well, with the full list at http://dmv.vermont.gov/. The added fees have been earmarked for the State Transportation Budget.

Our office handles current registration renewals and those expired less than 60 days or in the event of snowmobiles, less than a year. May and June renewals will contain old fees. If renewed on or after July 1 they must be processed at the new fee.

As of this writing, none of the other licenses or renewals handled by the Town Clerk’s office have changed.

We have begun to process absentee ballot requests for the August 9 Vermont Primary. Requests can be handled in person, by a third person, or by mail.

We have a new brochure with updated town information, plus both the phone numbers and email addresses for all elected officials. The Town Clerk’s office is open from 7:30 am until 5:00 pm Monday through Thursday, with other hours by appointment. Please be sure and stop by soon.