Members of the Town Meeting shall be electors of the Town and all others entitled by the General Statutes to vote at Town Meetings.
At least five calendar days prior to a Town Meeting (not counting as one of said five days the day that the meeting is to be held) the Board of Selectmen shall prepare and cause to be published notice of the date, time, place and call of the meeting on the Town's website and in such other manner as may be required by the General Statutes and shall cause such notice to be posted at such place or places, accessible to the public, as may be designated by the Board of Selectmen for this purpose. The call of the meeting shall include either the complete text of the items of business or ordinance(s) to be considered or a reference to such items of business or ordinance(s) and a statement that a copy of the complete text of such items of business or ordinance(s) is available at the office of the Town Clerk.
A Moderator appointed pursuant to this section shall preside at all Town Meetings and shall conduct such meetings in accordance with Robert's Rules of Order. The Town Meeting Moderator and three alternates, each to serve for a two-year term, shall be appointed, in compliance with statutory requirements for minority representation, by majority vote of the Board of Selectmen, and each may be discharged by such a majority vote. The Town Meeting Moderator shall designate which alternate presides at a Town Meeting in his or her absence.
There shall be an Annual Town Meeting held each year. The Annual Town Meeting shall be held on the third Wednesday in January. Any item of general interest to the Town may be discussed at the Annual Town Meeting. Items may be placed on the call of the meeting of the Annual Town Meeting either by vote of a majority of the members of the Board of Selectmen or by the filing of a petition signed by 50 persons eligible to vote at a Town Meeting requesting that an item be placed on the call of the meeting. In order to be considered, any such petition shall be filed with the Town Clerk at least 21 days prior to the Annual Town Meeting. A consensus vote may be taken on any item on the call of the meeting at the Town Meeting.
Date and quorum requirement. An Annual Budget Meeting to vote on the Town budget recommended by the Board of Finance shall be held at a time and date during the month of May determined by the Board of Finance. The presence of 150 voters as determined by the Registrars of Voters immediately prior to taking the vote shall be required to constitute a quorum.
Approval by Town Meeting. By vote at the Annual Budget Meeting, any appropriation or item in an appropriation may be decreased or deleted, but no appropriation or item in an appropriation may be increased or added. The vote on the budget shall be by secret ballot. In the event that the budget is not approved by vote of a majority of persons qualified to vote at an Annual Budget Meeting at which a quorum is present, then the budget shall be returned to the Board of Finance for review, adjustment and revision and the Annual Budget Meeting shall be adjourned to a date, not later than 21 days subsequent thereto, to be set by the Board of Finance. The Board of Finance shall then present the budget to the adjourned Annual Budget Meeting in accordance with this section of the Charter, and, if necessary, the process set forth in this section shall be repeated until a budget is approved.
Provision for referendum. In the event that a quorum shall not exist, the vote on the proposed budget shall be conducted by a referendum. A referendum shall also be required in the event that a petition to approve the budget by referendum vote is signed by 150 persons qualified to vote at Town Meetings and is filed with the Town Clerk not later than the close of business on the fifth day prior to the Annual Budget Meeting. The date of the referendum shall be set by the Board of Selectmen so as to occur not less than seven nor more than 14 days after the date of the Annual Budget Meeting. The referendum shall be held from 6:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Any succeeding budget shall be submitted to referendum.
Finality of approval. When the budget is approved either by secret ballot at the Annual Budget Meeting or by referendum, such action shall be final and may not be rescinded.
Provision in the absence of budget approval. In the event that no budget has been adopted by the 20th day of June next succeeding the date of the Annual Budget Meeting, the Board of Finance shall make a rate bill upon the Grand List last completed sufficient, in addition to the other estimated yearly income of the Town, to pay the next fiscal year's estimated expenses and deficit of the Town at the end of the current fiscal year and shall cause such amount to be collected as other taxes. The mill rate so established by the Board of Finance shall continue until such time as a new budget shall be approved.
Special Town Meetings may be called from time to time by the Board of Selectmen and as required by this Charter.
A Special Town Meeting shall be required for the purpose of taking action on the following:
Special appropriations (Charter § 9.03E);
Approval of grants (Charter § 9.03I) beyond the purview of the Board of Selectmen, Board of Education, or Board of Finance;
Obligations of the Town in excess of $100,000 or as required by the General Statutes; or
Any matter called by petition to a Special Town Meeting (Charter § 3.07 or 3.08).
Whenever a petition signed by 150 persons entitled to vote at a Special Town Meeting is filed with the Town Clerk requesting that a new item be considered at a Special Town Meeting, the Board of Selectmen shall place the petitioned item on the call of a Special Town Meeting to be held within 28 days after the date of receipt of the petition. Affirmative action on the petitioned item shall require a majority vote of the members of the Town Meeting present at the Special Town Meeting, but not fewer than 75 affirmative votes at the Special Town Meeting.
Anyone seeking reconsideration of an item previously voted by a legislative body shall notify the Town Clerk in writing within 48 hours after the time of the vote on the item requested to be reconsidered. A petition for such reconsideration shall be filed with the Town Clerk within 15 days from the date of the vote on the item to be reconsidered. No petition for reconsideration shall be accepted with regard to an item that was previously voted by referendum vote. A petition requesting reconsideration of an item previously voted at a Town Meeting shall be acceptable if signed by the greater of: (a) 250 persons entitled to vote at Town Meetings or (b) a number of persons greater than the number that voted on the prevailing side of the prior vote, if the prior vote count is known. Upon receipt of an acceptable petition, the Town Clerk shall deliver the same to the Board of Selectmen. Upon receipt of the petition by the Board of Selectmen, the Board shall place the item to be reconsidered on the call of a Special Town Meeting, and such Special Town Meeting shall be held within 28 days after the Board's receipt of the petition. Affirmative action on the petitioned item shall require a majority vote, but not fewer than 125 affirmative votes at the Special Town Meeting.