Town & School District Annual Meetings Process
Information on the annual Town Budget, Town Meeting, School District Meeting, Voting and Election Process will be posted as it becomes available. Please contact the appropriate official for additional information on any item.
To understand the basis for the ballot and warrant articles that will be voted on, it is very important to attend Board and Commission meetings leading up to the actual vote. All public meetings are noticed. Please contact town hall for additional meeting schedule information. Board and Commissions begin consideration of zoning, budget and special warrant articles in August for the upcoming March ballot.
Belmont voters adopted the SB2 (Senate Bill 2) form of Town Meeting in 2008. The Shaker School District adopted the SB2 (Senate Bill 2) form of School District Meeting in 2016. This requires two sessions each for both the Town and School District Meetings.
Town Meeting First Session - Deliberative Session is for explanation, discussion, debate and amendments to the proposed operating budget and warrant articles. Proposed zoning amendments cannot be amended at the deliberative session.
Town Meeting Second Session - Election/Voting Day allows voters to cast an official ballot to elect officials and to pass/fail proposed budget and warrant articles.
School District Meeting First Session - Deliberative Session is for explanation, discussion, debate and amendments to the proposed operating budget and warrant articles.
School District Meeting Second Session - Election/Voting Day allows voters to cast an official ballot to elect officials and to pass/fail proposed budget and warrant articles.
2017 Town Meeting Dates (as they become available)
|Town Clerk's Office Hours Except as Limited Below||Voter Registration for all Voting Purposes|
|September 6, 2016
||Supervisors of the Voter Checklist Session, 7pm-7:30pm, Belmont Town Hall, 143 Main Street|
|October 24, 2016||Capital Improvements Plan Public Hearing, 6:30pm, Corner Meeting House, 16 Sargent Street Watch Planning Board Agendas for pre-meeting dates. Currently approved Capital Improvements Plan - 2017-2022|
|October 29, 2016||Supervisors of the Voter Checklist Session, 11am-11:30am, Belmont Town Hall, 143 Main Street|
|November 1, 2016||Belmont Budget Committee meeting, first meeting, Corner Meeting House, 16 Sargent Street, 6:30 pm. The meeting will provide an overview of the budget and review of the following budgets: Fire Department, Patriotic Purposes, Executive, Assessing, Legal, General Government Buildings, Ins. Not Allocated, and Debt Service. Town Administrator's Overview. Watch for upcoming meeting Agendas.|
|November 14, 2016||First day to accept petitioned zoning amendments (RSA 675:4)|
|December 14, 2016||Last day to accept petitioned zoning amendments (RSA 675:4)|
|December 15, 2016||John M. Sargent Fund Application Deadline.|
|December 19, 2016||Zoning Ordinance Amendments Public Hearing, 6:30pm, Corner Meeting House, 16 Sargent Street, Notice Watch Planning Board Agendas for pre-meeting dates.|
|January 9, 2017||Fire/Ambulance Equipment and Apparatus Fund First Public Hearing, Corner Meeting House, 16 Sargent Street. Notice|
|January 10, 2017||Last day to submit petitioned warrant article to the Selectmen, unless petitioned article proposes a bond under RSA 33:8-a in which case the deadline shall be the preceding Friday (January 6th) RSA 40:13, II-a(b); RSA 39:3|
|January 10, 2017||Budget Committee Public Hearing, Corner Meeting House, 16 Sargent Street, Watch Budget Committee Agendas for pre-meeting dates.|
|January 11, 2017||Zoning Ordinance Amendments Public Hearing, 6pm, Corner Meeting House, 16 Sargent Street, Notice Watch Planning Board Agendas for pre-meeting dates.
|January 24, 2017||Supervisors of the Voter Checklist Session, 7pm - 7:30pm, Belmont Town Hall, 143 Main Street Notice|
|January 25, 2017||Candidacy Filing Period Opens
Town Clerk's Office is open Monday thru Friday 7:30am to 4:00pm and until 5:00pm (for candidacy filing only) on the final day of the opening. Filing Notice Candidacy List
|January 28, 2017||Supervisors of the Voter Checklist Session, Belmont Town Hall, 143 Main Street, 11am-11:30am Notice|
|January 30, 2017||Last day for Selectmen to post the warrant which must include final proposals to amend a zoning ordinance, building code or historic district ordinance.|
|February 3, 2017||Candidacy Filing Period Ends Candidates for Ballot 2/6/17
|February 4, 2017||Town Meeting First (Deliberative) Session, 10am, Belmont High School, 255 Seavey Road
Deliberative Session Handout
Town Meeting Warrant - 1/27/17
Proposed 2017 Operating Budget (Warrant Article #17) - 1/11/17
Proposed 2017 Budget (MS737) - Updated 1/27/17
Default Budget - Updated 1/27/17
Proposed Zoning Amendments - Ballot Questions & Full Text 1/12/17
Earliest and latest legal dates (RSA 40:13,III)
|February 8, 2017||School District Meeting First (Deliberative) Session, 6pm, Belmont High School, 255 Seavey Road|
|February 23, 2017||Town Reports Available at Town Hall
(Electronic Version to be Posted When Available)
|February 27, 2017
||Fire/Ambulance Equipment and Apparatus Fund Second Public Hearing, Corner Meeting House, 16 Sargent Street. Notice|
|March 4, 2017||Supervisors of the Voter Checklist Session, 11am - 11:30am, Belmont Town Hall, 143 Main Street|
|TBD||Candidates Night, Belmont High School, 255 Seavey Road|
|March 7, 2017||Last day to make annual report including the final budget and ballot questions available to the legislative body.|
|March 14, 2017||Town Meeting Second Session, 7am to 7pm, Belmont High School, 255 Seavey Road
Town Meeting Voters Guide 2/14/17
Proposed Zoning Amendments - Ballot Questions & Full Text
Absentee Ballots are available at the Town Clerk's Office for the Town Meeting only. For absentee ballots for the School District Meeting, please contact the Belmont Middle School Office. See more on absentee ballots on the Elections & Voting Page. 2/15/17
|March 14, 2017||School District Meeting Second Session, 7am to 7pm, Belmont High School, 255 Seavey Road|
2017 Town Meeting Preparation
BE AN INFORMED VOTER!
Capital Improvements Plan
A Capital Improvements Program is a decision making
tool used to plan and schedule town improvements over a period of six years or
more. It is a statement of a town’s intended schedule for the construction,
expansion or replacement of public facilities and equipment that have an
appreciable life expectancy such as schools, libraries, and highway equipment.
For Belmont, a capital improvement has been defined as an item costing at least
$25,000 and having a useful life expectancy of at least one year. Operating
expenditures are not included in this definition. Watch Planning Board Agendas for meetings and public hearings and see applicable dates above.
Currently approved Capital Improvements Plan - 2017-2022
John M. Sargent Fund
The income from the John M. Sargent Fund is used for any purpose that the voters of the Town of Belmont decide by majority vote at the March Town Meeting. In order to facilitate the distribution of this money, an appointed committee of local citizens will review all requests and shall make recommendations to the voters. Application. See application closing date above.
Each year Department heads are directed by the Board of Selectmen in the development of Department budget requests for the upcoming year. The Board of Selectmen meets with Department Heads, evaluates the overall service needs of the community, reviews proposed expense and revenue numbers for the upcoming year and develops a budget which they present to the Budget Committee. Watch Board of Selectmen Agendas for meetings and see applicable dates above.
Proposed Amendments to Zoning Ordinance or Building Code
Amendments to the Zoning Ordinance or Building Code may be proposed to the voters by the Planning Board, by the Planning Board as a result of a recommendation from the public, or by the public by petition. In all cases the Planning Board will hold at least one public hearing on all amendments proposed to be placed on the Town Meeting ballot. Watch Planning Board Agendas for meetings and public hearings and see applicable dates and proposals above.
Upon receipt of the Selectmen's proposed budget, the Budget Committee will also meet with Department Heads and conduct a thorough review of the community's financial status and develop the final proposed budget to go before the voters. At least one public hearing will be held in accordance with RSA 40:13,II-a(c). The budget finally proposed by the Budget Committee is the budget that goes on the ballot for voters at Town Meeting. Watch Budget Committee Agendas for meetings and public hearings and see applicable dates and proposals above.
Fire/Ambulance Equipment and Apparatus Fund
The Board of Selectmen will hold public hearings in accordance with RSA 31:95-c to take public comment on changing the purpose of the Special Revenue Fund known as the Fire/Ambulance Equipment and Apparatus Fund. Watch Board of Selectmen Agendas for meetings and public hearings and see applicable dates and proposals above.
Registration for Town and School District Meetings
Only Registered Belmont Voters shall participate at both Town and School District Meeting Sessions. Residents wishing to register to vote may do so in any one of the following ways and must provide Proof of US Citizenship, a Driver's License or other acceptable photo identification, and Proof of Belmont Residency (utility bill, vehicle registration, etc.).
You may register at the Town Clerk's Office on the dates and times listed above. You may also register with the Checklist Supervisors who will be in session on the dates and times listed above. (See additional applicable registration info below)
Although you can also register to vote both the Town and School District Second Session meetings (Election/Voting Day), please consider registering with either the Town Clerk or Checklist Supervisors to avoid a long registration line on the actual voting days.
Voters must show a valid photo ID to vote OR he/she may execute a
challenged voter affidavit, and the Moderator shall take a photograph of the
voter and attach photo to the affidavit in order to vote on election day. (RSA 659:13 Obtaining a Ballot)
Filings are accepted at the Town Clerk's office during regular business hours, 7:30am to 4pm. The First and Last days to file for Town Offices are listed above. On the Last day to file, the Town Clerk's Office will remain open until 5pm for Candidacy Filings only. See above for Original List of Available Candidacy Openings and Final List of Candidates for election
Town Meeting First Session - Deliberative Session
Budget, Warrant & Default Budget for First Session (see above)
Deliberative Session Minutes (see above)
2015 Audit (see above)
Sponsored by the Belmont High School, Candidates' Night provides an opportunity to meet the candidates and hear their positions on topics. (See date and time above)
Voters Guide – Ballot Questions, Budget, Warrant & Default Budget as amended as the Deliberative Session (see above)
Hard Copies of the 2016 Annual Report for the March 14, 2017 Town Meeting (see above)
Electronic Copy of the 2016 Annual Report for the March 14, 2017 Town Meeting (see above)
School District Meeting First Session - Deliberative Session
Budget, Warrant & Default Budget for First Session
Deliberative Session Minutes
School District Meeting Second Session - Election/Voting Day
Town Meeting and Town Reports
Belmont Wins LGC Excellence in Annual Reports Award
At the Local Government Center's 70th Annual Conference the Town of Belmont was awarded First Place in their population category in the Excellence in Annual Reports Award for Belmont's 2010 annual report. "These cities and towns truly deserve sincere recognition for their outstanding efforts in producing such impressive public documents, which inform citizens of important financial information while also conveying a sense of community spirit". More...
Belmont Town, State and National Voting and Related Information
See UNH Library for earlier Belmont Town Reports starting in 1860 (first town report after separation from Gilmanton).
See UNH Library for Gilmanton Town Reports prior to separation.
See NH Secretary of State for State Election Results.