ATM2019 Wrap-up: Seniors Find Love at Town Meeting

By Meredith McCulloch

An option for deferred payment of taxes for older residents has been available since 2010, but only one homeowner has taken advantage of the option. The income limit was set at $40,000 with an interest rate of 8% and would allow deferment of taxes on their property until the property is sold or the owner dies. The goal of such an option is to make it possible for more seniors to stay in their homes. As Selectman Mike Rosenberg expressed it, “it allows seniors to use more of their income on everyday living expenses.” The belief is that the option has not been utilized because the terms are not favorable.

Article 18 Evokes Nuclear Energy Discussion at Annual Town Meeting

By Jordan Stewart

Day One of the Annual Town Meeting (ATM) was capped off with one of the most anticipated articles on the Warrant. Renu Bostwick presented Article 18, a Petitioners’ Article, which called for the town to issue a statement requesting more vigorous climate change action be taken. In passing the motion, the Selectmen would deliver the letter of concern to the town’s state and federal legislators. The letter would be purely symbolic, portraying the town’s desire to see that more be done to combat the rapidly changing climate.

Annual Town Meeting, Night Two: The Official Votes

Submitted by the Town of Bedford

Editor’s Note: With appreciation to Bedford’s Town Clerk Doreen Tremblay for posting the official votes for the second night of Bedford’s Annual Town Meeting on Wednesday, March 27. 2019.

The Annual Town Meeting convened on March 26, 2019, in the Bedford High School Auditorium at 7:02 PM. The quorum was one hundred and sixty-five voters.

A Compendium of Information to Help You Prepare for Bedford’s 2019 Annual Town Meeting

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

With Bedford’s Annual Town Meeting beginning at 7 pm on Monday, March 25, voters may wish to arrive early to secure a convenient parking spot and a comfortable seat in the Bedford High School auditorium.

And, take time before you leave home to check the links in this article to read the articles and reports The Citizen has posted in preparation for Annual Town Meeting.

Town Government at Work for the Week of March 25, 2019

By Meredith McCulloch

With the start of Bedford’s Annual Town Meeting, the hard work of many boards and committees on the business of the town will come to fruition. Operating and capital budgets will be voted, school construction projects decided, zoning laws enacted, and many other decisions about how town government will serve its citizens.

All of these will affect the Town for the coming year and many years beyond. The meeting, which is open to all registered voters, begins at 7:00 pm (new time) on Monday 25 and is likely to adjourn to a second date on Tuesday, March 26.

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