Town Meeting "Citizen Petitions"

Petitions

The Board of Selectmen pursuant to MGL Ch 39, §10 must insert articles into the Warrant that have been petitioned by registered voters in the Town.

To insert an article in the warrant for a Town Meeting, voters of the town must sign a written request. The written request of registered voters for the insertion of subjects in town meeting warrants shall not be valid unless the required number of registered voters not only sign their names but also state their residence, with street and number.

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING:

To place an article on the Annual Town Meeting Warrant submit the form below to the Board of Selectmen's Office prior to the close of the warrant:

  • Ten (10) certified signatures are required
SPECIAL TOWN MEETING:
To place an article on the Special Town Meeting Warrant submit the form below to the Town Clerk's Office prior to the close of the warrant:
  • One hundred (100) certified signatures are required or 10% of the total number of voters, whichever is lesser

TO CALL A SPECIAL TOWN MEETING BY A VOTER:

Q. May voters call a special TOWN MEETING:
A. Yes, voters may call a special Town Meeting.  Two hundred (200) registered voters or 20% of the total number of registered voters, whichever is less in number, may request a special Town Meeting.  The special Town Meeting must be held no later than 45 days after the Board of Selectmen receive the request.
 
Q. What's the procedure for voters calling a special Town Meeting?

A. The requisite number of voters must sign a written request for a special Town Meeting.  The format of the written request is flexible.  Voters should include their address after their signatures.  Voters deliver the written request to the Board of Selectmen.  The Board of Selectmen must then call a special meeting within 45 days.

Q. May a special Town Meeting be called for more than one reason?

A. Yes, a special Town Meeting may be called for more than one reason.  For example, a special Town Meeting could be called to consider amending the zoning code and buying a new fire truck.

 

 

For questions and answers about Town Meetings, click on the link below (Guide to Voting in Town Meeting): http://www.sec.state.ma.us/cis/cistwn/twnidx.htm