Op-Ed: To the Registered Voters of Bedford

October 31, 2019

Abraham Lincoln defined Democracy as government “of the people, by the people and for the people.”

In Bedford, Open Town Meeting is one of the living examples of this basic form of government.  Each and every registered voter has the right to attend Town Meeting – the business meeting of the Town, where each one becomes a “legislator.”

Really?  Yes, really!

  • Voters at Town Meeting have the opportunity to listen to the information presented, ask questions, and then decide (by voting) on issues such as:
  • continuation of the Community Preservation surcharge,
  • approval of the funding for labor contracts with town employees,
  • adjusting the FY 2020 Budget to spend less money overall on Town Government.

Each of these topics is outlined in the Warrant that can be found on the Town’s website: https://www.bedfordma.gov/town-meeting

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The list on the left side of the page includes the Warrant, copies of all Slide Presentations, reports and more.  Download these on your tablet or laptop, review them, and you will be ready for Town Meeting.

Do you want to have a say in what development both commercial and residential will look like in the future?  See articles 10 – 15 in the Warrant.

Are you interested in the steps the Town is taking to address climate change issues?  See Article 16.

Do you want to have a say in the structure of our government through our Town Charter?  See Articles 17, 18 and 19.

Will your voice be heard?  Will you exercise your democratic rights? Will you be there at 7 pm on Monday night? If so, YOU make a difference in the life of this Town!  Thank you!

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