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Weston Will Vote On Town Charter Changes Nov. 6

WESTON, Conn. - Weston voters will have a charter revision question on their ballot Nov. 6 asking whether the Weston Town Charter should be amended. A simple yes or no vote is required.

A town release Thursday reviewed the changes made by the Charter Revision Commission, following 36 separate commission meetings and approval of the changes by the selectmen.

Highlights of the changes include town budget and election issues.

To facilitate approval of the annual town budget, the commission inserted a requirement that every proposed town budget be approved by both a town meeting and a referendum taken by machine ballot. A quorum must be present at the town meeting for changes to the budget with secret ballots allowed to promote broader participation.

The position of tax collector, currently elected, will become appointed by the Weston Board of Selectmen. The town clerk position will remain an elected position but can be reconsidered upon the filing of a petition by 5 percent of qualified voters. The terms of members of the Board of Finance will be reduced from six year to four beginning in 2017. Members of the Weston Board of Education will be elected via a competitive election process and will no longer be appointed by the major parties.

Details on the Charter Revision Commission’s changes to the charter can be reviewed here:

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