Nobody Told Me That: 2013 Annual Town Meeting

When is Wilton’s Annual Town Meeting?

The Annual Town Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 6. The meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Middlebrook School auditorium. Voting on the town budget and five bonding questions will take place immediately following that meeting in the cafeteria. For those unable to attend the meeting, voting will continue on Saturday, May 10, at the Wilton High School Clune Center from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

What’s on the Town Meeting ballot?

This year the ballot includes the annual budget referendum and five bonding questions. The registrars of voters page on wiltonct.org contains a link to the sample ballot. For information on the budget issues to be decided at this year’s Annual Town Meeting, residents can visit the town website, proposed 2015 budget and a list of videos pertaining to the budget is available including those aired on the Wilton’s Government Access TV Channel 79. This year’s Annual Town Meeting will be recorded and will be aired on Channel 79 and streamed on the town of Wilton’s website on May 7t.

Who is eligible to vote?

The following people may vote:

  • All registered voters, regardless of whether they own property in town.
  • All U.S. citizens, resident and nonresident, liable to the town of Wilton for taxes on real property — or a motor vehicle — with an assessment of at least $1,000 on the Oct. 1, 2013 grand list.

If you have purchased property in Wilton after Oct. 1, 2013, your name will not appear on this grand list. In that case, you must be a registered voter in order to cast a ballot at the Annual Town Meeting. In all cases, you must be a U.S. citizen to vote and at least 18 years old.

You may register to vote at the Wilton Town Hall, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 to 4:30. You can download a voter registration application from the Wilton website wiltonct.org or call the registrars for information at 203-563-0111. You may also register to vote online, if you have a valid Connecticut driver’s license. Go to the secretary of state’s website at:  https://voterregistration.ct.gov/OLVR/ to register to vote online.

Absentee ballots will be available from the town clerk at the Wilton town hall beginning  Wednesday, May 7, through Friday, May 9 from 8:30 to 4:30. All absentee ballots must be returned to the town clerk’s office by 4:30 p.m. on May 9.

Will the Annual Town Meeting represent the wishes of town residents?

That depends on voter turnout. If voters choose not to attend the Annual Town Meeting, they are allowing others to speak for them. In 2013, only 7% of eligible voters participated. According to Wilton’s charter, the proposed budget automatically passes if voter turnout is less than 15%. However, bonding questions may be passed by a majority of those voting.

This is a series of columns in which the Wilton League of Women Voters discusses commonly asked questions about Wilton’s town meeting form of government.  Information: wiltonlwv.org or P.O. Box 71, Wilton, CT 06897.