Municipal Charter Changes

Pursuant to 17 V.S.A. § 2645, the clerk of any municipality that voted to amend its charter is to certify to the Secretary of State each proposal of amendment within 10 days after the date of the election. In turn, the Secretary of State’s Office is to file the certificate and deliver copies of it to the Attorney General and Clerk of the House of Representatives, the Secretary of the Senate, and the chairman of the committees concerned with municipal charters of both houses of the General Assembly. 

Over the years, this law has been interpreted to mean certified copies of the following:

  1. Minutes of the municipality’s legislative body showing the origins and intent of the proposal. If the proposal was made by petition, a copy of the body of the petition should be certified as well as that the required percentage of voters had signed it;
  2. Warnings for the two public hearings on the proposal and certified copies of the minutes from those meetings where the proposals were discussed;
  3. Warnings for the vote on the proposed changes;
  4. Ballot and the results (results can be entered on the sample ballot and certified); and
  5. If not included in the materials above, proposed change(s).

Certified copies of the above should be mailed to the attention of Kathy Watters at:

Vermont State Archives & Records Administration
1078 U.S. Route 2, Middlesex
Montpelier, VT 05633-7701

 

Questions may be directed to Jenny Prosser, General Counsel and Director of Municipal Assistance at the Secretary of State’s Office.

For more information, please see "Municipal Charters," Voice from the Vault, Opinions, April 2013. 

 

 

 

This page was last updated: 2017-12-15