Here Are the Charter Revision Questions

These two questions will be on the November 6 ballot for voters to mark "yes" or "no."


After many months of meetings and public hearings, the town's all-volunteer, appointed Charter Revision Commission has finalized their proposed changes to the town charter.

The town charter is available for viewing on the town's website.

A proposal to change the terms of office for the first selectman and Board of Selectmen from two years to four years, which was discussed at a public hearing, did not go further per the Board of Selectmen's vote following a hearing.

The proposed changes are in the form of two questions which will be on the ballot on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6.

The two questions are:

  1.  “Shall the revisions to the 2009 Clinton Town Charter, as recommended by the Charter Revision Committee in the report dated September 4, 2012 be adopted with the exception of revision #24 deleting Charter section 3-7 concerning election of alternate members to the Board of Finance?”
  2.  “Shall Section 3-7 of the 2009 Clinton Town Charter, provided for the election of two alternates to the Board of Finance, be deleted?”

Voters would mark "yes" or "no" next to each question on the ballot.

According to Town Clerk Karen Marsden, explanations for each question will be available on Election Day but will not be written out on the ballot. Just the two questions will be on the ballot.  This will be the same ballot used to vote for president, U.S. senator, state senator, state representative, etc.

A full list of all line item changes is available in the Town Clerk’s office.

The following is the text which explains further the wording of the two questions:

Explanation for Question #1:

This question covers all grammar/punctuation corrections; Corrects “Section #’s” on several departments due to updated references; Changes Titles for” Youth and Family Services Bureau Board “to” Clinton Human Services Advisory Board”:  Removal of “Constables” as elected officials and will become appointed; Remove “Social Services Advisory Board”; Add “(F) Fair Rent Commission”;  Section 8-11 should read “Director of Human Services”; Section 8-17 should read “Department of Public Works and Public Works Commission”; Remove “Youth and Family Services Bureau; Director of Youth and Family Services Bureau”; Section 3-1, Remove “…except for the Town Clerk whose term shall commence on the first Monday of January following the election” now hired;  Section 3-2A  Remove…”or until the next regular Town election, plus fourteen (14) days whichever first occur” eliminates 2 year vacancy on ballot; Section 3-6  Change ”six (6) years” to “four (4) years” for Board of Finance term; Remove Section 3-7 (See Question #2, to be voted on separately); Remove Section 3-9 “At the regular Town election to be held in 2005, one member shall be elected for a four (4) year term and one member shall be elected for a two (2) year term.  Thereafter, at each regular town election there shall be elected a member to replace the member whose term has expired.”

Verbiage no longer needed, this was established to set up Alternates for Board of Assessment Appeals.  Section 10-4B, change , under Special Appropriations and Transfers of Appropriations, …”fifteen thousand ($15,000)” to “twenty thousand ($20,000)”; Add Section 10-6Fii as last line “No contribution of more than one hundred thousand ($100,000) per annum shall be made to any organization or corporation who does not comply fully with the requirements in Sections 9-1 and 10-2 of this charter in the same manner for elected and appointed boards.” And to remove Section 11-3 “The provisions of Sections 3-4(A) and 3-4(B), pertaining to the elective terms of the Town Clerk and Tax Collector, respectively, shall not take effect until the regular Town election of 2009, at which time their terms of office shall each be extended to four years as prescribed by this charter.” These positions are now hired.

Explanation for Question #2:

The Charter Revision Committee removed Alternates from the Board of Finance. If approved, the two (2) alternates on the Board of Finance will be removed from the ballot in November, 2013. 

VIN CIMINO September 27, 2012 at 02:32 PM
When a person leaves an elected position for whatever reason, that vacancy is filled by the selectmen with a person who was not elected by the people. Currently, that seat would then be filled by the vote of the people in the next election, which makes sense. The proposed change does not make sense. It would allow the person appointed by the selectmen to serve out the remainder of the term, despite the fact that the people did not elect that person. It is an elected position for a reason. The voters should choose who serves as an elected official, not the selectmen. This is a bad proposed change and it should be voted down.
Steve Bristol September 27, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Fay I had heard and would have posted that but I'm sure there are some who would not have believed it coming from me. Thanks, Steve
Pete November 03, 2012 at 03:23 AM
I wouldn`t believe you Steve. :-)
ClintonRes November 04, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Sorry - but when looking and trying to understand the questions - Is it true that if question 1 is approved, that Section 3-6 will change the term of BOF from 6 to 4 years yet If question 2 is not approved, it will stay in the charter and list that alternates on BOF serve 6 year terms? Or does that just get changed automatically?? Or would that stay be be changed to list 4 years?
ClintonRes November 04, 2012 at 01:02 PM
sorry for typos!


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