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Proposed Charter revisions discussed in Bethel

The most debated possible Charter revision in Bethel is about extending the First Selectman position from two years to four years.  

Collectively, the commission recognizes the responsibilities of the Board of Selectman have evolved dramatically since the town's form of government was adopted, particularly the role of First Selectmen.  Ultimately they are not recommending the term be lengthened. 

Those who want to keep the term at two years argued that there was no recall provision or ability to vote out a poor performing First Selectman sooner to protect the town.  Those who argued for an extension said a longer-term would provide more stability, noting that all other boards and commissions are on a four-year cycle, and that it would allow for long term planning. 

When proposed at the last charter revision, it failed. 

A public hearing on the proposed revisions is planned for January 28th at 7pm at the municipal center.

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