TOWN TO OF­FER IN­FOR­MA­TION ON CHAR­TER RE­VI­SIONS

The News-Times - - NEWS - — kko­ert­ing@new­stimes.com

New Mil­ford Town At­tor­ney Matt Grimes will host two in­for­ma­tional ses­sions on the pro­posed char­ter re­vi­sions prior to the Nov. 6 vote.

Ses­sions will be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 17 at the John Pet­ti­bone cafe­te­ria and at 7 p.m. on Oct. 24 at the E. Paul Martin Room in Town Hall.

The pre­sen­ta­tion will last about 45 to 60 min­utes, fol­lowed by a ques­tion-and-an­swer ses­sion.

New Mil­ford’s char­ter re­quires a re­vi­sion com­mis­sion ev­ery five years. The char­ter was last re­vised in 2006.

Most of the changes deal with town fi­nances, in­clud­ing send­ing a failed bud­get back to the fi­nance board in­stead of Town Coun­cil, only chang­ing the bud­get that failed, adding more op­tions on the bud­get ad­vi­sory ques­tions, get­ting fi­nance board ap­proval on in­vest­ment de­ci­sions, lowering the cost of a sup­ple­men­tal ap­pro­pri­a­tion that would re­quire a town meeting and adding mem­bers to the fi­nance board so there will be an odd num­ber.

The pro­posed changes would unify terms for appointed boards and com­mis­sions, with mem­bers serv­ing four years with Feb. 1 start dates.

The other pro­posed changes clean up lan­guage.

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