Benson, Vermont

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Benson is a town in Rutland County, Vermont, United States. The population was 1,039 at the 2000 census. The town is rural, with a concentration of several homes and businesses in Benson Village, at the intersection of Stage Road and Lake Road.

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Government

As is the case with many towns in rural New England, the town's government enjoys a degree of autonomy from the county and employs only a few essential service-providers including an elected Selectboard, a town clerk/treasurer, a road crew, and other municipal positions. Small town committees as well as the annual town meeting set the protocols of town policy with particular focus on the town's annual budget. Due to an idiosyncrasy in the redistricting process, it is also the only town in the state of Vermont to share a representative in the state legislature with a town in another county (Will Stevens, I-Shoreham).[citation needed]

Public safety

The town employs a town constable, however most law enforcement is handled by the Rutland County Sheriff's department and/or the Vermont State Police. Ambulance services are provided by Benson First Response and Fair Haven Rescue. The nearest hospitals are Rutland Regional Medical Center and Porter Hospital. Benson also operates a small, entirely Volunteer Fire Department.[3] Assistance in fighting particularly large fires is provided by other neighboring volunteer fire departments, including Fair Haven, Castleton, Hubbardton, West Haven and Orwell. Similarly, Benson's volunteer firefighters occasionally respond to large blazes in other local towns when needed.

Politics

A majority of Benson's residents voted against George W. Bush in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections, according to the Rutland Herald. Simultaneously, Benson voters supported Republican Governor Jim Douglas and Independent Senator Bernie Sanders. As was the trend in the rest of Rutland County, voters were split on the issue of State Senators, with Democrat Bill Carris and Republicans Hull P. Maynard, Jr. and Kevin J. Mullin receiving votes in numbers consistent with their county-wide victories.[citation needed]

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