town meeting


Definition of town meeting 

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

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The charter lays out how the town must operate under a variety of circumstances, including when and how town meetings and referendums are scheduled. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Plainfield Prepares For Charter Revision," 22 Mar. 2018 Richtman said that in town meetings his group has organized throughout the country, Social Security beneficiaries routinely complain about understaffing at offices and long waits for service. Patricia Sullivan, Washington Post, "One out of 10 Social Security offices has closed since 2000. Seniors and politicians want to know why.," 6 May 2018 Those town meetings sometimes took from 7 in the morning until 10 at night. Diana Bruk, Country Living, "This is What the Cast of "Gilmore Girls" is Like in Real Life," 24 Oct. 2016 In 1880, Alcott and 19 other women attended the Concord town meeting and cast their ballots. Washington Post, "‘Little Women’ and author Alcott resonate 150 years later," 12 June 2018 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

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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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