Selectmen Recommend 14 Changes to Town Charter

The Board of Selectmen is recommending 14 changes to the Town Charter.

The board voted on July 11 to send the changes to the Charter Revision Commission.

The most significant changes involve the hiring of an administrative officer for the town and changes in the budget referendum process.

Under the proposed charter changes, the first selectman, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, may appoint a town administrative officer to handle day-today operations of town departments. The administrative officer would be chosen exclusively on executive and administrative qualifications and at minimum have a master’s degree in public administration and three years of professional experience.

The town budget referendum would be divided into two questions, one for the town proposed annual budget and one for the Board of Education annual budget. The referendum would be held on the second Tuesday in May.

If the whole budget or either piece of it failed, a second referendum would on the whole budget or the piece that failed would be held on the fourth Tuesday in May. If that failed, a third vote would be held on the second Tuesday in June.

If that vote failed, the entire budget or the portion that failed would be adopted at the rate of the current budget plus 2 percent, and a mill rate set for the budget no later than midnight June 15.

The proposed charter revisions, if approved by the commission, could appear on the November ballot.

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