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March 24, 2015 - Petitions Available

     Sec. 1007. - Petitions to the council
            Folowing preliminary approval of the budget by the Council, any qualified elector of the town may circulate a petition requesting the Council to increase or decrease any item of expenditure in the said budget, or to insert a new item
of expenditure. Such petition shall specify the budget item or insertion and amount thereof; must be approved by the town clerk as to form prior to circulation, and must be returned to the town clerk on or before  the ninth day preceding the first Wednesday in May. Upon receipt of such petition, the town clerk shall cause the signatures thereon to be verified by the board of canvassers forthwith, and if it contains no less than fifty (50) valid signatures of qualified electors of the town, shall transmit the same to the council. The council, before final adoption of the budget, shall consider and vote upon each such petition proposal; provided, however, that the council may change the appropriation for the school committee or the library board of trustees in total only.

April 27, 2015 - Deadline to file (1007) Petitions

May 6, 2015 - Adoption of the budget in accordance with Sec. 1008 of the Charter,(however if the Town Council is ready they may adopt the FY2016 Budget prior to that date)

May 7, 2015 - Referendum Petitions Available

    Sec. 1009. - Referendum petitions.
            Following final approval of the budget by the Town Council, any qualified elector of the town may circulate a petition requesting that a referendum be held on the appropriation for a specific fund in the budget as approved.   Such petition may propose a reduction or increase in the total appropriation for said fund. In the event that a reduction or an increase as proposed in anysuch petition is approved by the electors of the town voting thereon, the             Council shall cause the total appropriation for said fund to be adjusted upward or downward accordingly. The Council, the School Committee, or the board or [of] Library tTustees, whichever has jurisdiction over the fund affected  by such action, shall make reductions or may make increases within said fund to match the new appropriation total; however, if the council shall determine that expenditure of an added appropriation to the general fund for a suggested purpose would not be fiscally responsible, it shall adopt a resolution to that effect and shall not be required to expend the funds for said purpose, provided, however, such funds shall not be spent for another purpose and shall revert to the general surplus.

            The town clerk shall cause petition forms to be printed with standard language and spaces for the insertion of dollar amounts, budget fund designations, whether an increase or decrease of expenditure is called for, andother
necessary information. All petition forms shall be approved by the town clerk before circulation, and must be returned to the town clerk on or before the twentieth day following the first Wednesday in May. Any language added to a petition, or any alteration of the language thereof, subsequent to its approval by the town clerk, shall be of no force or effect. The town clerk, upon the return of petitions to his or her office, shall cause the signatures thereon to be verified by the board of canvassers, such verification to be completed on or before the twenty-eighth day following the first Wednesday in May. There shall be no limit to the number of separate petitions which an elector may sign.

May 26, 2015 - Deadline to file Referendum Petitions

May 11, 2015 - Last day to register to vote for the Budget Referendum

June 3, 2015 -  Deadline for verification by the Board of Canvassers of signatures on Referendum Petitions

June 9, 2015 - Budget Referendum



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