The Senate today passed S. 154, a bill that will fully fund the town highway aid payments in April 2009. The Douglas Administration and the Legislature had previously agreed to withhold half of the $3 million, quarterly payment because of the state’s fiscal situation. The state’s Transportation Fund revenues continue to sag. The Transportation Fund in March was $400,000 below its target. The reaction from the Vermont League of Cities and Towns, which lobbies on behalf of municipalities, was unequivocally opposed to the cuts because it would force the towns to either cut highway projects or raise taxes. Vermonters can not afford to let their local roads and bridges fall into a further state of disrepair or pay higher property taxes, saidSenator Mazza, Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee. By passing this bill, the Senate has ensured that town s will not be forced to defer construction maintenance or raise Vermonters property taxes. It has been the Senate s intent all along to fully fund the towns with their April payments, said Senator Peter Shumlin. Towns will be able to use these much needed funds to pave our roads, repair our bridges and create good paying jobs for Vermonters.The bill passed the Senate, 26 to 0, and now moves to the House for consideration.
Those surviving who will cherish Bill’s memory include his children; sons, William Brett Ison of Lawrenceburg, Billy Dean Ison of Morristown; daughters, Monica (Quiller) Baker of Fairfield, OH, and Jessica Ison of Richmond; parents, Dean and Carol Ison of Metamora; sister, Susan (Ken) Cox of Laurel; brothers, Kenny Ison of Brookville, Doug Ison of Metamora, and Jeff (Stephanie) Ison of Brookville; two grandchildren, Naomi Baker and Shea Baker, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Aris and Hazel Ison; maternal grandparents, Cecil and Rosella Wilson, and two sisters-in-law, Kim Ison and Sandy Ison. Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 from 4 until 8 p.m. at Metamora Church of God. Tony Stidham of Alpine Holiness Church will officiate the funeral service on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the church and burial will follow in Cupps Chapel Cemetery. William “Bill” Dean Ison, of Connersville, was born on March 15, 1963 in Batesville, the son of Wilburn Dean and Carol Sue Wilson Ison. He was a father to 4 children and attended Alpine Holiness Church. William enjoyed fixing up old cars and bowling. On Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at the age of 55, he passed away unexpectedly at his residence. Memorial donations can be directed to the family to help defray funeral costs. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of William Ison.