Westport has many wonders. One of the most overlooked is the RTM.
Our Representative Town Meeting is a throwback to 1600s New England. Every citizen no longer gathers to vote on each expenditure, removing a maple tree from the town green or whether Goody Staples is a witch.
But our town government — 36 members from 9 districts, who give final approval to the town budget, and vote on all appropriation requests greater than $20,000; approve town ordinances, and review decisions of boards and commissions — is strong, storied and quite “representative.”
Members serve 2-years — and are elected on a non-partisan basis. The entire RTM will be voted on this fall.
Starting today, anyone interested in running for the RTM can pick up a petition in the town clerk’s office (Town Hall, room 105).
Then all you need are 25 signatures from voters in your district. Presto! You’re on the November 7 ballot.
Democracy is alive and well in Westport. But it won’t work without you.
(For more information, email town clerk Patricia Strauss at email@example.com, or call 203-341-1105.)