This year’s Town Meeting on May 4 in the Bromfield gym may lack controversy, but it is not without consequence. It’s Harvard’s legislature, every citizen a legislator, with a voice and vote equal to that of anyone else in the chamber. There’s a budget to be approved, projects to be funded, and bylaws to be passed. Harvard residents live in a direct democracy where, within limits, they get to decide how their money is spent and how they wish to be governed. And those decisions are made in a meeting open to every registered voter. For many readers, that’s you.
Inside this issue of the Press you’ll find some tools to help you make sense of the proceeding. Read our Insider’s Guide to Town Meeting to plan your day. Turn to our index by category to identify which of the 37 articles is likely to be of greatest concern to you, the ones for which you’ll want to be present to cast your vote. Then turn to our Warrant in Plain English for a concise look at every item on the agenda. We’ve provided additional analysis for four of the articles: two that would alter the way the annual budget is prepared and two more concerning repair of the old library roof. Take a look at “The Press Asks” to see what your fellow citizens are thinking.
Then come to Town Meeting. It’s your duty as a citizen of Harvard. And in a world tilting towards more centralized, less representative governance, it’s a privilege