Super Tuesday: Four Town Meetings Convene Tonight
The Martha’s Vineyard political season kicks off tonight with four annual town meetings, marking a return to a schedule that has been disrupted by the pandemic for two straight years. Voters will gather in Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Tisbury and West Tisbury.
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Regional Spending Has Seat at Town Meeting Table
Regional expenses and human services make up more than a dozen articles on each of Tuesday’s annual town meeting warrants, continuing a trend toward cost-sharing across Island municipalities.
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Housing Bank Takes Center Stage at Town Meetings
Four of the six Island towns will take the first steps next week in deciding the pivotal question of whether to ask the state legislature to allow creation of a Martha’s Vineyard Housing Bank.
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Town Meeting Season Returns To Familiar Rite of Spring
After two seasons of disruption caused by Covid-19, annual town meetings are beginning to return to their normal spring schedule in 2022.
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Town Meetings Will be Held Late This Year
Every Island town appears poised to reschedule its annual town meeting until May or later. Town elections will be held on the usual dates.
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Pandemic Recasts Annual Town Meetings as Outdoor Affairs
Noah Asimow
Island towns are busy preparing for an annual town meeting season unlike any other, putting up massive tents, paring down warrants and looking to pass historically austere budgets.
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Towns Slash Budgets, Give Up Pay Raises, as Belt Tightening Begins
Will Sennott
Faced with the prospect of declining revenues and tax shortfalls, Island towns are putting long-term capital projects on hold and giving up salary increases nearly across the board.
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Annual Town Meetings Postponed Islandwide
Will Sennott

All Martha’s Vineyard towns have postponed their annual town meetings and elections this year. Rescheduled dates are tentative, town administrators said, and subject to change.

Oak Bluffs, annual town meeting May 12, annual town election May 14.

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Town Meeting
Vineyard Gazette

“To be or not to be” - stock or no stock - railroad or no railroad - was the principal question before the community last Saturday, and the town and its “dependencies” (?) turned out en masse to meet the emergency. Every able-bodied voter was in attendance, and the people seemed determined that the matter shouldn’t go by default.

Hon. J. T. Pease was chosen moderator.

The second article of the warrant, “To see if the town would subscribe to the stock of the Martha’s Vineyard Railroad,” &c., coming up, Mr. Samuel Osborn submitted the following resolution:

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Two Towns Defeat Housing Bank; One Approves
Julia Wells

Edgartown and Oak Bluffs voters defeated the controversial housing bank question Tuesday night, while in West Tisbury the question won approval. Tisbury voters take up the question tonight.

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