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Unofficial Bethel Charter Revision Voting Results

Report by Paula Antolini
Nov 5, 2014 3:05PM EDT

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UNOFFICIAL BETHEL CHARTER REVISION VOTING RESULTS:

NO BY 952
Question #2
. Shall §C2-2.; C3-4.A. & B.; C4-1.A.; C4-2.A. & B.; C4-4.F.; C5-4.A.; and, C7-4. of the Charter of Bethel among other items, be amended
or provisions added to provide for a five (5) member Board of Selectmen
consisting of a First Selectmanand four (4) Selectmen with elected terms of four (4) years each all as set forth in the Proposed Charter Amendments finalized by the Board of Selectmen on April 22, 2014 and filed in the Office of the Bethel Town Clerk?
•Extends the terms of the Board of Selectmen to four years (would not go into effect until municipal election of 2015)
•Increases the Board of Selectmen to five members (would not go into
effect until municipal election of 2015)


YES BY 28

Question #3.
Shall §C8-13.C.4.i.; and, C10-4.B., C., D. & E. of the Charter of Bethel among other items, be amended or provisions added to require bids for expenditures in excess of $50,000.00; allowing neutral transfers by
the Board of Selectmen not to exceed $50,000.00 within each Town department’s budget; allowing special appropriations from a Town’s agency surplus or contingency fund not to exceed $50,000.00; requiring a Town Meeting for special appropriations coming from other
then cash surplus or an approved contingency fund; and, allowing transfers by the Board of Finance of unexpended balances from one appropriation to another, all as set forth in the Proposed Charter Amendments finalized by the Board of Selectmen on April 22, 2014 and filed in the Office of the Be
thel Town Clerk?
•Increase in dollar amount for requirements to bid -to reflect today’s
dollars
•Allows the Board of Selectmen to perform neutral transfers within
department budgets (may not increase personnel nor encumber future
budgets)
•Increases the dollar amount of special appropriations, allowing the
Board of Selectmen, with Board of Finance approval, to make special
appropriations from any town agency surplus or cont ingency fund

NO BY 341
Question #4.
Shall §C10-2.D. of the Charter of Bethel among other items, be amended or
provisions added to require the Board of Finance to change the way in which revisions to the Board of Selectmen’s budget estimates are made regarding line items, all as set forth in the Proposed Charter Amendments finalized by the Board of Selectmen on April 22, 2014 and filed in the Off
ice of the Bethel Town Clerk?
•The Board of Finance retains the power to adjust town departmental
budgets, as a whole
•Individual town departments would decide where with in their
budgets said adjustments would be implemented

YES BY 1310
Question #5.
Shall §C6-3.A.(1) of the Charter of Bethel be amended to require the Annual Town Budget Meeting to take place on one (1) of the
first seven (7) days of April, all as set forth in the Proposed Charter Amendments finalized by the Board of Selectmen on April 22, 2014 and filed in the Office of the Bethel Town Clerk?
•Moves the date of the Annual Town Budget Meeting one month earlier

YES BY 665
Question #6.
Shall §C6-4.A., B., C. & D. of the Charter of Bethel among other items, be
amended or provisions added to require Special Town Meetings for financing and appropriations supplemental to the approved budget
in the amount of $50,000.00 or more, and, acceptance of a grant where the Town’s share of expense is in excess of $50,000.00; and, the non-emergency demolition of Town property, all as set forth in the Proposed Charter Amendments finalized by the Board of Selectmen on April 22, 2014 and filed in the Office of the Bethel Town Clerk?
•Increases the dollar limit for needing a Special Town Meeting
•Adds in wording to allow for non-emergency demolition of town
properties to go before a Special Town Meeting

YES BY 475
Question #7.
Shall §C8-4.; C8-13.C.4.ii.; C10-9.; and, C11-11. of the Charter of Bethel
concerning among other items, be amended or provisions added to provide for technical changes to the office of the Assessor and
the Comptroller; the Board of Finance is to set annual salaries of municipal officials before the next election for respective offices; and, designate that all elected and appointed board meetings are to take place at the Clifford J. Hurgin Municipal Center with some exceptions, all as set forth in the Proposed Charter Amendments finalized by the Board of Selectmen
on April 22, 2014 and filed in the Office of the Bethel Town Clerk?
•Non-material change providing for uniformity of language for in
department heads in the Charter
•Corrects spelling of the word Comptroller
•Provides for the Board of Finance to establish salaries in advance
of elections
•Requires meetings of all boards and commissions to be held in the CJH Municipal Center with some noted exceptions

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