Town Meeting "Citizen Petitions"

Citizen Petition

The Town Meeting Warrant is developed by the Select Board and is generally composed of items, called Articles, brought forth by various Town departments and standing committees for consideration by Town Meeting. Individual citizen's can add their own agenda items to Town Meeting through the statuary device called a Citizens' Petition.

The Select Board pursuant to MGL Ch 39, §10 must insert articles into the Warrant that have been petitioned by : (1) any elected Town Officer, (2) any multiple member body acting by a majority of its members, (3) any ten voters for a regular town meeting and any one hundred voters for a special town meeting.               

To insert an article in the warrant for a Town Meeting, voters of the town must sign a written request. The written request of registered voters for the insertion of subjects in town meeting warrants shall not be valid unless the required number of registered voters not only sign their names but also state their residence, with street and number.

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING:

To place an article on the Annual Town Meeting Warrant submit the form below to the Select Board's Office prior to the close of the warrant:

  • Ten (10) certified signatures are required

SPECIAL TOWN MEETING:

To place an article on the Special Town Meeting Warrant submit the form below to the Town Clerk's Office prior to the close of the warrant:

One hundred (100) certified signatures are required.

For questions and answers about Town Meetings, click on the link below (Guide to Voting in Town Meeting): http://www.sec.state.ma.us/cis/cistwn/twnidx.htm

Click here for a blank petition form.