Yesterday, Governor Lamont issued
Executive Order 7HH
"any requirement for a vote on the budgets or mill rates by residents, electors, or property owners including, but not limited to, any vote by annual town meeting or referendum"
(this order clarified language issued in
Executive Order 7I
In working to comply with the executive orders, we consulted with the town attorney. With tremendous collaboration of town hall staff, we developed a solid, vetted plan for the Town.
There have been several inquiries from citizens concerned about not having a town vote take place.
Please know no one is trying to remove anyone's right to vote or to be heard. This is an unprecedented time and we are all working hard to take the best actions for our communities, and abide by the changing rules as they are issued.
Please use the survey monkey link to let us know your thoughts; you can always send us a letter or email as well. Please also consider attending the BoS and BoF meetings via Zoom - we will send out info on attending BoS & BoF meetings via Zoom shortly.
While there is widespread community transmission statewide of COVID19, we believe our low number of confirmed cases is due to the seriousness with which our community has taken the public health guidance issued. That said, we are not out of the woods. T
he close contact and high attendance required for in-person voting greatly increases the risk of transmission of COVID-19 for voters, town officials, and poll workers and would consume a significant quantity of critically needed personal protective equipment.
The Survey Monkey link to submit a question or comment on the 2020-2021 proposed Kent Budget is below.
Please keep in mind the comment period is open till Wednesday May 6th at 11:59pm.
Here's the link:
Once we receive all the submissions, they will be sent to each Board for their response, which will then be read in for discussion at the Board of Finance's May 19th meeting, where the public will be also allowed to ask questions.