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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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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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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Annual Town Meetings Under Way; Four Towns See Large Turnouts
Julia Wells

A plastic bottle ban was swiftly approved in West Tisbury, and an emotional tribute marked the start of the annual town meeting in Tisbury Tuesday night.

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Super Tuesday: Four Annual Town Meetings Tonight
Julia Wells

Millions of dollars in spending initiatives and the fiercely-debated housing bank proposal will be on the agenda when voters in Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Tisbury and West Tisbury take up the annual business of their towns tonight.

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Tisbury Starts Over on Elementary School Project
Holly Pretsky
For the third year in a row, Tisbury voters will consider the future of their school at the annual town meeting. This year, the school committee and selectmen will ask the town to borrow $400,000 for plans and design work.
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Aquinnah Speeds Through Special Town Meeting
Landry Harlan

Aquinnah voters Tuesday night approved $35,000 in school spending during a lightning-fast special town meeting.

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Aquinnah Special Town Meeting Takes Up Funding Requests
Landry Harlan

A special town meeting is set in Aquinnah next week to take up small funding requests that did not make it on the annual warrant last month.

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