Community Spotlight: Town Meeting Day
Town Meeting Day is just around the corner! Join your fellow community members in celebrating direct democracy. The statewide holiday is held on the first Tuesday of every March and provides a unique and exciting opportunity for individual communities. Town meeting provides a forum for local citizens to highlight and discuss pertinent issues and often vote for local representatives.
The first Town Meeting was held in Bennington in 1762 and was founded on the ideology of true community commitment. Over time, the level of participation has evolved into two forums – floor votes and Australian (paper) ballots.
For more than 200 years, Town Meeting has continued to set Vermont’s progressive community objectives apart. Individual citizens can have their voices heard in local legislative decisions. The future of each community is placed in the hands of the residents.
Around the state, discussions focus on local as well as national and global issues. In years past, topics such as local affordable housing, education, and climate change initiatives have been discussed. This coming year many meetings will focus on budgets. Bristol, for example, will discuss several budget items including designating funds to the Addison County Transit Resources to match a potential grant from the state of Vermont to expand the Tri-town Shuttle Bus Service.
A key smart growth principle is community engagement and participation. Please participate in your local town meeting! For more information about Vermont Town Meeting, check out the free one-hour seminar from the Central Vermont Adult Basic Education at the Morrisville Learning Center on Thursday February 19th from 1 pm-2 pm. For more information Call 802-888-5531.