A Town Meeting is both an event and an entity. As an event, it is a gathering of a town’s eligible voters, and is referred to as “the Town Meeting.” As an entity, it is the legislative body for towns in Massachusetts, and is referred to simply as “Town Meeting.”
Town Meeting decides three major things:
- It sets the salaries for the elected officials.
- It votes to appropriate money to run the town.
- It votes on the town’s local statutes, which are called by-laws.
Each town must hold an annual Town Meeting. Additional Town Meetings are called special meetings. They may be called as many times during the year, as necessary.
This year we have chosen to have a Special Town Meeting in order to allocate additional revenues received by the Town, place a significant amount of open space into the care and custody of the Conservation Commission, purchase a parcel of land to add to the Open Space inventory, and consider rescinding the Plastic Bag Ban Bylaw