New Canaan Charter and the 2016 Election

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Approximately once every ten years, the Town Council of New Canaan decides whether to empower a revision and/or updating of the Town Charter. If it is deemed necessary, a commission is appointed to review the entire document and to suggest changes to the Town Council. After a process which involves both the Commission and the Town Council, the Town Council makes the decision as to what, if anything, is to be included on the Ballot for the November elections.

Charter Revision Questions as they will appear on the ballot:

Question #1: Shall the current Charter be changed to allow electors to vote for up to six Town Council Members, which is typically the number of vacancies, instead of the current limit of four during each biennial election.

Question #2: Shall the current Charter be changed so members of the Board of Finance will no longer be required to be real estate taxpayers, in order to be consistent with the requirements for the Town Council and other boards, commissions, and committees?

Question #3: Shall the current Charter be changed so that the First Selectman, although remaining an ex officio member of the Board of Finance, will no longer serve as Chairman of the Board of Finance, and the Board of Finance will choose its Chairman from its regular members?

Question #4: Shall the current Charter be changed by adding articles and provisions including the Audit Committee, Conservation Commission, Health and Human Services Commission, Inland Wetlands Commission, Ethics Board and Town Attorney?

Question #5: Shall the current Charter be changed to make a series of technical and conforming changes which clarify definitions, delete outdated references no longer applicable and up date provisions to current practice?