town meeting

The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Town Meeting Vs. SB2

Credit Robert Dennis Photography

The town meeting has often been called “the purest form of democracy,” and for more than three centuries, it was how New Hampshire local government was conducted.  Residents would gather on the second Tuesday in March – a convenient “down time” for farmers and loggers.  They’d deliberate for hours on budgets, and do a fair bit of socializing as well.   But more recently, attendance at town meetings steadily waned.  And so, about 20 years ago, the legislature gave towns a new option called Senate bill two.  This approach split the traditional process into two parts:  first, a “deliberative s

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From the Archives
1:12 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

From The Archives: Town Meeting; Killington Secedes

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It’s town meeting time! A storied tradition in northern New England, and in New Hampshire especially. This week I found an old interview with Dartmouth College professor of history, Jere Daniell. He spoke with an unidentified NHPR reporter in July, 1994. Daniell has made close study of our town meeting and the history of the institution.

The roots of town meeting go back three centuries and have evolved over time. Once viewed as an extension of the old boys network which governed many towns, it enjoyed a bit of a renaissance in the early 20th century. 

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NH News
6:00 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Town Meeting 2014: Uncontested Races And Big Spending Proposals

Town Meeting season is upon us, which means voters across New Hampshire will head to the polls today to weigh in on budgets, contracts, town elections and major spending proposals.

NHPR’s Michael Brindley spoke with Christine Fillmore, staff attorney with the New Hampshire Municipal Association, who has been fielding questions and giving guidance to towns as they’ve been preparing for the big day.

And she brought up a number of takeaways as far as any trends go.

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NH News
7:59 am
Sun March 9, 2014

Libertarians Move In To Make A Small N.H. Town Even Smaller

About 50 members of the Free State Project have moved to tiny Grafton, N.H. in recent years, shaking up local politics.
Jack Rodolico NPR

Originally published on Sun March 9, 2014 12:11 pm

Maureen O'Reilly beams with pride as she shows a visitor around Grafton, N.H., a town so small it doesn't even have a traffic light.

"Have a look at this," O'Reilly says, pointing to a postcard view of hilly rural New England. "How beautiful is this? It's really pretty in the fall, really, really pretty."

But behind the beautiful view, locals are dividing into opposing camps. About 50 Libertarians have moved into Grafton from around the country, splitting the town over their push to shrink its government.

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NH News
6:00 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Bedford Voters To Consider $30M Bond For Road Improvements

Voters in Bedford will decide next week whether to pass a $30 million bond to pay for a backlog of road improvements.

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Town Budget
4:24 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Salem Voters Go To Ballot Box For First Time On Town Budget

Some communities, like Salem, will decide on budget issues at the ballot box
Credit Tracy Lee Carroll / NHPR

It’s Town Meeting time in New Hampshire.   Salem is one of the state’s biggest towns, and this is its first year moving away from the classic community get-together to the ballot box.  The town expects this change to increase voter turnout tomorrow as it considers major budget issues.

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Word of Mouth
10:59 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Gaming Town Meeting

(Photo by Mister Bisson via Flickr Creative Commons)

Produced by Jonathan Lynch

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Politics
4:48 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Mont Vernon Votes to Rename "Jew Pond"

Sheryl Rich-Kern

Mont Vernon voters approved changing the controversial name of a pond at its town meeting Tuesday night.

Whether or not to rename Jew Pond, which many consider offensive, garnered national attention in this small town.

But voters still don’t know what the new name of the pond will be.

A packed crowd of about 250 residents filled the gymnasium in the Mont Vernon Village Schoolhouse.

The turnout was impressive for a town whose population is less than 2400.

The town meeting began as it does every year with the pledge and a prayer.

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