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To assist members with Vermont’s annual Town Meeting Day, VLCT’s Municipal Assistance Center (MAC) maintains several online resources on a variety of town meeting topics.

The next Town Meeting Day falls on Tuesday, March 1, 2022.* The town’s selectboard is responsible for drafting and posting the warning and notice for annual town meeting. The town meeting warning and notice must be posted no more than 40 but no fewer than 30 days before town meeting. In 2022, the earliest day that these documents may be posted is Thursday, January 20; the last day to post them is Sunday, January 30, but we recommend preparing content well in advance of these deadlines. We also recommend including your moderator in discussions about the warning because they should review the final draft before it is posted. 

Articles contained on the warning can be initiated by either the selectboard or the voters. The selectboard should consider adopting a policy to guide petitioners for social service appropriations and apply it consistently. Also note that if a petitioned article does not fall within the legal authority of the voters, it is for the selectboard to decide whether to include it as an advisory, non-binding article. Voter-backed petitions must be signed by at least five percent of the voters of the town and filed with the town clerk no fewer than 47 days before Town Meeting Day. The last day for petitions to be submitted for Town Meeting Day 2022 is Thursday, January 13.  

Some towns forgo the requirement and expense of publishing the warning in a newspaper of general circulation by including it within the town report. Technically, state law only requires the auditor’s report to be distributed to every registered voter in town at least ten days before town meeting, which will land on Saturday, February 19. 

MAC’s town meeting resources, listed below and located here, provide your Town Meeting Day preparation needs. 

  • Quick Guide to Vermont Town Meetings
  • Model Social Services Appropriation Policy
  • Voter-Backed Petitions FAQs
  • Appointment of Municipal Clerks and Treasurers FAQs
  • Model Town Meeting Articles
  • Model Town Meeting Warnings
  • Annual Auditor’s (Town) Report FAQs
  • Australian Ballot: Info Sheet, Checklist, and Model Informational Hearing Notice

In addition, our 2021–2022 Municipal Calendar includes other town meeting-related dates. Each town office received a poster in early September, and a digital version is available online.

Finally, we recommend contacting the Vermont Secretary of State’s Elections Division for information about election deadlines and town meeting related questions. The Elections Division also maintains an online elections calendar, https://sos.vermont.gov/elections-calendar/, and contact information, https://sos.vermont.gov/elections/.   

As always, please do not hesitate to contact the MAC attorneys at info@vlct.org with questions so we can help you along the way.

Susan Senning, Staff Attorney I
VLCT Municipal Assistance Center 

* The dates provided correspond to Town Meeting Day on March 1, 2022, the first Tuesday in March. If your town has voted to begin its annual town meeting on a preceding date, you will have to recalculate these deadlines accordingly.