What is the annual town meeting?

The annual town meeting provides a means for the town electors to exercise the statutory authority over governance of a town. This opportunity for electors to attend a meeting and propose and vote on legislation is a unique feature of town law, which distinguishes towns from cities or villages. Every town must hold an annual town meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of April, although the meeting may be set for a different date as long as the date is within 10 days after the 2nd Tuesday in April. Because there is no requirement that the subject matter be noticed, any elector may bring up an issue and make a motion, which must be seconded, for which the town meeting has statutory authority.