Ballot Items

There are nine articles to be voted on by ballot this year: one is the Town’s general operating fund budget and the other eight are related to the Town Charter:

  • General Operating Fund Budget
  • Remove Grand Juror as an elected officer
  • Require Selectboard policies be published online
  • Change the threshold for emergency appropriations from 2 to 4 per-cent following an opportunity for public comment (for emergency expenditures only.)
  • Add statutory language to the appointment of the Town Manager; include the enforcement of Town Ordinances to the powers and duties of the Town Manager or his/her designee; and for removing Town Manager with just cause
  • Add clarification language to the preparation and submission of the budget and to the timing of a revote on a rejected budget
  • New section to require multi-year capital plans and voter-approved capital budgets to follow the provisions of state statute
  • Additional language in a new Ethical Conduct and Conflict of Interest section to include elected officials and appointees and a new section requiring the periodic review and adoption of the Conflict of Interest Policy
  • New section requiring the review of the charter every 5 years
You can read the Town Meeting Day Insert from the Colchester Sun here or the Official Ballot here (both PDF's).

Town Budget (Article 6)

“Shall the voters of the Town of Colchester approve total general fund expenditures of twelve million, four hundred fifty-two thousand, three hundred twenty-five dollars ($12,452,325), of which ten million, two hundred twenty-one thousand, eight hundred seventy dollars
($10,221,870) shall be raised by taxes and two million, two hundred thirty-four thousand, four hundred fifty-five dollars ($2,234,455) by non -tax revenues for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018?”

Amendment to Eliminate Grand Juror (Article 7)
Proposed Town Charter Amendment Re: Subchapter 2. Officers
“Shall the voters vote to amend Section 202 to eliminate the elected office of grand juror?”

Amendment to Require Selectboard Policies be Published Online (Article 8)
Proposed Town Charter Amendment re: Subchapter 2. Officers
“Shall the voters vote to amend Section 207 to add the requirement of the Selectboard to publish all policy adoptions on the Town’s website for ease of access by the public?”

Amendment to Change the Threshold for Emergency Appropriations (Article 9)
Proposed Town Charter Amendment re: Subchapter 3. Town Meeting
“Shall the voters vote to amend Section 304 to change the threshold from 2 to 4 percent for emergency appropriations following an opportunity for public comment on the matter and to amend Section 607 to change the 2 percent to 4 percent to agree with Section 304; and remove redundant language that states articles requesting appropriations shall be voted by Australian ballot?”

Amendment to Add statutory language to the Appointment of the Town Manager (Article 10)

Proposed Town Charter Amendment re: Subchapter 4. Town Manager
“Shall the voters vote to amend Section 401 to add the statutory reference for appointment of Town Manager; amend Section 404 to add
language that the Town Manager shall keep the Selectboard informed...Including, but not limited to, regarding the enforcement of
Town ordinances; and amend Section 406 to add the language that the Town Manager shall be removed by a majority of the entire Selectboard so voting upon a finding of cause for removal?”

Amendment to Clarify Budget Preparation and Timing (Article 11)
Proposed Town Charter Amendment re: Subchapter 6. Budget
“Shall the voters vote to amend Section 602 to add clarification language to the preparation and submission of the budget; amend Section 603 to add clarification language to the Town meeting and budget process; and amend Section 606 to add clarification language to the Departmental budget?”

Amendment to Bring Capital Plans and Budgets in Line with State Statute (Article 12)
Proposed Town Charter Amendment re: Subchapter 6. Budget
“Shall the voters vote to add Section 608 Capital budgeting for voter approved funding, to require multi-year capital budgets funded through voter-approved multi-year capital plans, voter-approved agreements, voter-approved debt, or impact fees to follow the provisions of state statutes?”

Amendment to Add Additional Language about Ethical Conduct (Article 13)
Proposed Town Charter Amendment re: Subchapter 9. Miscellaneous Provision to be renamed "Ethical Conduct and Conflict of Interest."
“Shall the voters vote to amend Section 901 Ethical conduct to add clarification language; and add Section 902 Conflict of Interest Policy to require publishing the policy on the Town website and the adoption and periodic review of the policy and process?”

Amendment to Require Review of Charter Every Five Years (Article 14)
Proposed Town Charter Amendment re: Subchapter 10. Amendment of Charter
“Shall the voters vote to amend Section 1001 Amendment of Charter to require a review of the charter every 5 years?”

The complete text of the proposed amendments is available here on our website (PDF format), in each voting booth, on file for public inspection in the Town Clerk’s Office, 781 Blakely Road, and available to the public upon request.