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2018 Charter Revision

Date: October 9, 2018

In July 2017, the Board of Selectmen established a Charter Reivision Commission.  They were tasked with reviewing the Town's Charter in it's entirety, with the goal of cleaning up outdated and redundant sections as well as suggesting changes they believe would help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of municipal government.  They have completed their task and the residents of Seymour will be asked to weigh in on Election Day 2018.  Below is some information regarding the Charter and the proposed changes to it.

The residents of the Town of Seymour will be asked to vote on the following ballot questions:

  1. Shall the Town Charter be amended to change the following:  1) specify the method of appointment of Deputy Registrar of Voters, 2) reduce the size of the Board of Library Directors from seven to five, 3) limit the number of members for all appointed boards to five members, 4) provide for legal notices to be posted on the Town website, 5) elimination of the positions of Captain and Lieutenant in the Police Department, and 6) increase the amount of special appropriation requiring a Town Meeting to $100,000.?
  2. Shall the Town Charter be amended to replace the elected Board of Planning & Zoning with an appointed Planning & Zoning Commission?
  3. Shall the Town Charter be amended to increase the term of the First Selectmen from two to four years and to set term limits for the First Selectman?
  4. Shall the Town Charter be amended to change the budget process, including the elimination of the Annual Town Meeting so that the budget will go directly to referendum?
  5. Shall the Town Charter be amended to combine the Town and Board of Education vote at the referendum?
  6. Shall the Town Charter be amended to correct grammar, spelling, terminology, statutory references, outdated provisions of the Town Charter, renumber sections, and make other and technical changes as recommended by the Charter Revision Commission?
  7. Shall the Board of Selectmen undertake a study regarding the establishment of a Town Manager form of government?
  8. Shall the Town Charter be amended to set term limits for all elected boards?