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Monday, June 24 Local

Info meetings scheduled on New Milford charter revisions

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 charter 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 for voters 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 also unify terms for appointed boards and commissions, with members serving four years with Feb. 1 start dates.

The other proposed changes clean up language and make the charter clearer.

Katrina Koerting|Reporter