town meeting


Definition of town meeting 

: a meeting of inhabitants or taxpayers constituting the legislative authority of a town

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The spending plan will then go to town meeting for final approval on May 21. Janice Steinhagen, Courant Community, "Plainfield Budget Proposal Would Spell Mil Rate Drop," 24 Apr. 2018 Sustainability At the most recent town meeting on June 18, the Board of Town Commissioners approved Resolution 1112-18 to continue the town’s participation in the Maryland Sustainable Community Program. Allan Vought, The Aegis, "Bel Air achieves several milestones, seeks sustainable community recertification," 10 July 2018 At a town meeting this past winter, Burlington voters approved buying the property 48-7. Don Stacom, Courant Community, "Burlington Says It Wants New Britain Watershed Land For Conservation, Not Housing," 10 July 2018 In town meetings, the developer's attorney, Brennan Ray, argued that the complex met the town's requirement for a multifamily development, mixing land uses by connecting it to a Fry's grocery store that has already been approved for the area. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Developer drops plans for controversial Gilbert four-story apartment complex," 25 June 2018 The council will vote on the budget following the town meeting. Steven Goode, Courant Community, "Bloomfield Town Council Adopts Budget," 13 Apr. 2018 Braselton will hold a town meeting to consider adoption of the Fiscal Year 2019 budget at 5 p.m. June 28 in the courtroom of the Braselton Police and Municipal Court Facility, 5040 Highway 53. Karen Huppertz, ajc, "Braselton expected to adopt Fiscal Year 2019 budget," 25 June 2018 The commissioners held a second public hearing on the budget as part of Monday night’s town meeting. Allan Vought, The Aegis, "Bel Air's final budget set at $16.6 million, tax rates unchanged," 25 May 2018 There have been a few dozen posts about candidates for the local school board election, plus a smattering of other ones related to civic functions like the annual town meeting that took place in March. Micah L. Sifry, The New Republic, "Escape From Facebookistan," 21 May 2018

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1636, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of town meeting

: a meeting of the people who live in a town to pass laws for the town or to discuss town problems, issues, etc.

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