AUBURN, Mass. – The special Fall Town Meeting will take place Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. in Auburn High School. The Board of Selectmen approved the date at its Monday meeting.
The board also voted to open the Fall Town Meeting warrant, which means that town departments and residents can now submit articles for the town meeting until Friday, Sept. 21, at 1 p.m.
Town department heads and residents submit articles to the Board of Selectmen, which then votes to put the articles on the meeting agenda.
The special Fall Town Meeting usually “focuses on fine-tuning the budget,” Selectman Kenneth Holstrom said.
“There could be department heads that need something for their departments to keep themselves moving,” Holstrom said. “There may be some citizen petitions that come through for some special request. But for the most part, it usually specializes in a few things, not a lot.”
The fall meeting “opens the doors for articles to be put in, so the work of the town can continue,” he said. The fall meeting is different from the spring one when “there is a little bit of everything."
Auburn is a Town Meeting Representative Government, in which the Town Meeting members vote. The town has 120 Town Meeting members elected from five precincts.
The public is welcome to speak about an issue Oct. 23, but only Town Meeting members may vote.