Burlington Town Government
Recent Town Meetings NOW!!
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Prior Years are available in the Archives
Town Meetings Schedule for 2016
Special Town Meeting Warrant and Back up - May 09, 2016
Moderator for Town Meeting is
Sally Willard - contact her at email
Warrants, Minutes & Rollcalls
On August 14, 1970, Chapter 686 of the Acts of 1970 was signed into law. This act allowed for a Representative Town Meeting form of government in Burlington, which was subsequently approved by the voters of Burlington on March 6, 1971 by a vote of 4,307 in favor, 1557 opposed and 410 blanks. On March 4, 1972, the first members were elected. It was amended on 2011 at the May Town Meeting to add a seventh Precinct for the 2012 Election Year.
There are 126 Town Meeting Members, 18 from each of the seven precincts, elected for staggered 3-year terms. A quorum consists of 64 members. The remaining members of the Precinct fill vacancies occurring between elections.
The foundation of every Town Meeting is the warrant. The warrant states the time and place of the meeting and the subjects to be acted upon. Every action taken at the meeting must be pursuant to some article in the warrant, and must be within the scope of the article. Certain votes are not operative until 14 days after the dissolution of the meeting. That delay provides an opportunity for the general public to gather signatures (5% of the registered voters) requiring that the question be put to all the voters of the Town at an election. No vote of Town Meeting can be reversed unless at least 20% of the registered voters vote to reverse Town Meeting’s action and they must also represent the majority of those voting.
Town Meeting has three regularly scheduled meetings each year; the second Monday of May (Annual), and the fourth Monday of September and January. Special Meetings may be held on the call of the moderator, or ten or more members, and upon written notices no less than seven days in advance delivered to the place of residence of each member and that of the moderator.