The Ware Town Charter was adopted in 2007. The Charter establishes the Town’s current form of government which includes Open Town Meeting, a five-member Board of Selectmen, and a Town Manager. Under this system, Town Meeting approves the annual budget and capital expenditures and adopts changes in local laws. The Selectmen establish policies and procedures for the direction of the Town, make appointments and oversee the Town Manager. The Town Manager oversees the daily operations of the Town. The changes made with the Charter include: Creation of Town Manager position Defined powers of the Board of Selectmen Establishment of a Town Planner position Appointed rather than elected Town Clerk Capital Plan Budget Process
With the Charter now seven years old, it is appropriate to review the effectiveness and efficiency of the governmental structure proposed in the charter. As a first step, the Town, through the Board of Selectmen, is conducting the following survey of residents with questions about the charter and government. The Board will present the results of the survey and seek additional input at a public forum later in the summer.