Town Meeting 2022

This year’s informational Town Meeting will be held on Zoom on February 28, at 7:30 pm (Town meeting will be after the SVSU and SW Tech floor meetings, so if those run late we will start late). Our official Warning is at the bottom of this page. The vote will be the following day on March 1, 2022 from 7 am to 7 pm.

Town Meeting – The Vermont Way

The annual town meeting is very much a Vermont tradition exemplifying the ideal of citizen driven direct democracy. The meeting is always the day before the first Tuesday in March when the budget is voted on. Because the first Tuesday in March happens to be the first of March, that means this years Town Meeting will happen on the last day of February — which is as early as it can be! So think of Town Meeting as a dinner with two courses… the first course is the “meeting” part that happens the evening before, and the next day when you vote is the second course.

Town Meeting and You! February 28, 7:30 pm

If you would like to make a comment at the Town Meeting, please sign up using the form below. We will call on you during the appropriate portion of the meeting to hear your comment. You will need to be logged into the Zoom meeting to participate. You can also comment during the meeting without signing up but we recommend that you sign up in advance to facilitate the challenges around doing a virtual meeting.

RESOURCES AND MATERIALS:
Town of Bennington Annual Report (CLICK HERE)
Proposed FY 2023 Budget Presentation (CLICK HERE)

Agency Funding Requests for the Ballot:

AGENCY FUNDING ALLOCATION LIST (CLICK HERE)
Bennington County Association Against Child Abuse
Bennington Free Clinic
Bennington Homeless Shelter
Bennington Project Independence
BROC Community Action in Southwestern Vermont
Project Against Violent Encounters (P.A.V.E.)
R.S.V.P.
S.W.V.T Council On Aging
Sunrise Family Resource Center
Tutorial Center
Vermont Center for Independent Living (V.C.I.L.)
Visiting Nurse Association Hospice

 

To Participate:

Watch on CAT TV – channel 1085.
Watch on CAT TV Facebook Live – https://www.facebook.com/CATTVBennington
Join the Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83544527663
Call in to the Zoom Meeting: +1 646 558 8656 – Webinar ID: 835 4452 7663 (*9 to “raise hand”)

Sign Up to Comment At Town Meeting:

 


Now Make Sure to VOTE! March 1, 7:00 am to 7:00 pm

Participating in the Town Meeting is the first step, but the critical next step is to VOTE and make your voice heard. In addition to voting on the budget, residents will be voting for three Select Board members, a Town Moderator, and a Town Treasurer.

EARLY VOTING began on February 9, and can be requested up until noon of February 28. We DO NOT automatically mail ballots; they MUST be requested from our Town Clerk. You can email townclerk@benningtonvt.org or call 802-442-1043 to have one mailed to you, or stop by the Town Offices located at 205 South Street in Bennington. You may also use our official ballot drop box located in front of the Town Office to return your ballot until 4:30 pm on February 28. The ballot box is under 24 hour video surveillance and is checked daily. NOTE: The ballot drop box is NOT AVAILABLE on March 1; ballots must be brought to the polling place (see in person voting below). You may also mail it to us at PO Box 469, Bennington, VT 05201.

IN PERSON VOTING will be on March 1, 2022, from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. The polling place is the Bennington Fire Facility located at 130 River Street (use Lincoln Street entrance). For North Bennington residents, your polling location is at the Village Trustees Office on Main Street (also known as the Old Train Station).


WARNING

Town of Bennington
2022 Annual Town Meeting
VIA ZOOM

The residents of the town of Bennington qualified by law to vote in Town Meeting and hereby notified and warned to meet (via ZOOM) in said Town on Monday, February 28, 2022., at 7:30 p.m., (or immediately following the SW. VT Union Elementary School Districts’s Annual meeting should that run over) to transact the business specified to be done from the floor. Provisions for the hearing impaired will be in place for this meeting.

Following the completion of such business, the Meeting will stand adjourned to Tuesday, March 1, 2022, at The Bennington Fire Facility on River Street (Lincoln Street entrance). The Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. for the election of officers and voting on all ballot articles specified. However those on the checklist to vote in the Village of North Bennington shall vote for the election of officers and on all ballot articles at the North Bennington Village office on Main Street (also known as the Old Train Station) in North Bennington. The Bennington Fire Facility above mentioned, is hereby established as the central polling place for those on the checklist to vote in said Benington. Residents of Bennington and North Bennington may register to vote at the Town Clerk’s Office, 205 South Street, Bennington, Vermont. Eligible residents registering on Election Day must do so at the polling place where they will cast their Town Meeting ballot.

TOWN MEETING WARNING