by Todd Wellington
It appears the Caledonia County budget should be dropping off considerably by 2000.
According to Caledonia County Assistant Judge Roy Vance, who briefed selectmen in Lyndon and in other towns on the county budget Monday night, the county offices will be temporarily relocating to a 10,000-square-foot space at Fairbanks Scales in St. Johnsbury for 16 months while the Caledonia County Courthouse is expanded. The county has in its budget $13,000 this year for renovations and equipment which will be used to erect temporary walls at the Fairbanks site and make other such accommodations.
But when the county returns to the courthouse it will be returning to a state- owned and -maintained building. The state will reportedly begin picking up several facilities-related expenses - such as utilities and maintenance - previously paid for by the county.
"The budgets are going to go down dramatically when the state takes over," said Vance.
Vance presented the selectmen a 1999-2000 county budget of $251,000, down slightly from the 1998-99 budget of $253,855.