Communities gather Tuesday for annual town meetings

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Times Herald Staff

A tradition that forms one of the building blocks of democracy is due to be repeated April 17, the third Tuesday in April, as towns across Oconto County and Wisconsin hold their annual meetings.

Each meeting is a gathering of all electors who live in their respective towns; electors are eligible voters of the community.

An annual town meeting may transact any business over which a town meeting has jurisdiction. According to a fact sheet prepared by the University of Wisconsin-Extension, attendees may act directly on certain matters, delegate powers to the Town Board or authorize appropriation of funds for special purposes.

Among their direct powers are the authority to levy taxes to be spent by the town, fix compensation for town offices, combine certain town offices (such as clerk and treasurer) or make certain town offices part-time positions.

Hailing back to the earliest New England settlements, the town meeting differs from Wisconsin village, city, county and state governments, which act solely through elected representatives.

The annual meeting is held on the third Tuesday in April unless the town publishes a notice setting a different date. Check with your local town clerk to confirm the time.