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Annual Town Meeting – Postponed to April 6
March 23 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
One event on March 24, 2020 at 7:00 pm
One event on April 6, 2020 at 7:00 pm
One event on April 7, 2020 at 7:00 pm
Editor’s note: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak Town Meeting has been postponed to April 6. We will update this accordingly should the date move again. Please check our home page for COVID-19 updates.
To the Voters of Bedford:
As a registered voter, you have the privilege and responsibility of exercising your right to vote in each and every election. And, because you live in Bedford, you also have the privilege and responsibility of being a “legislator” for the Town of Bedford. We hope that you will exercise these rights, both at the polls AND by attending Town Meeting March 23, 2020.
Our local government is organized as Selectmen / Town Meeting. The Selectmen (Select Board) are the Executive branch of government and oversee the operations of the Town – roads, police, fire, water, sewer, etc. In our town, this work is accomplished with the day-to-day management of our Town Manager and our amazing town employees. Of course, even our small-town government is a bit more complex than this simplified description suggests and, if you want to know more, we encourage you to read the Annual Town Report that will be available soon. It contains a full description of all departments, committees, boards, and commissions that do the work of government in Bedford
Town Meeting is Bedford’s Legislature. It is where voters make decisions about the laws of the Town – called bylaws – and determine the expenditures of the Town. No money can be expended for any town function, department, or project unless and until Town Meeting has approved it. You, a registered voter in Bedford, have the right to attend Town Meeting. You can determine the financial priorities and the laws of the Town if you choose to attend.
You will soon receive a Warrant for Bedford’s Annual Town Meeting in the mail. The Warrant contains a list of all the articles of business that will be considered during the 2020 Annual Town Meeting. You are invited to attend, ask questions, and state your opinion during the discussion period. You then vote to determine the outcome. Town Meeting cannot function unless voters show up – at least 100 have to be present before any business can be conducted.
We invite you to participate in this amazing form of direct democracy that has been handed down through the generations since Bedford was incorporated in 1729.
Bedford’s government depends on you, and so we hope to see you at Town Meeting,
Town Moderator Cathy Cordes and Town Manager Sarah Stanton