Residents get worked up about the actions of their town and school government – and their tax bills – throughout the year. So get ready – the upcoming deliberative sessions are the times specifically set aside to debate and potentially change warrant articles that go to the March ballot.
At deliberative session, voters can amend a warrant article (except those whose language is prescribed by law – usually zoning amendments), so long as they do not change the subject matter. Or they can leave it as proposed.
Depending on who’s in the audience, school budget articles, for example, are often amended up or down before they go to the March ballot. That’s why you often hear people expressing the fear that some group will “pack” the deliberative session and “force” their views on everyone else. Continue reading