What is a warrant?

The warrant lists a meeting's time, place, and agenda (articles). A warrant is also known as a warning. A Town Meeting's action is not valid unless the subject was listed on the warrant, and all action taken at the Town Meeting must be within the scope of the article. It is up to the moderator's discretion if amendments made to an article are within the original scope of the article.

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1. What is a Town Meeting?
2. Does Rutland have Town Meetings?
3. What is an open Town Meeting?
4. Is there a quorum required for Rutland’s Town Meetings?
5. What does Town Meeting decide?
6. What is a moderator?
7. What is a selectman or selectwoman?
8. What does the town clerk do?
9. What is a town counsel?
10. What is a Finance Committee?
11. What does the Finance Committee do?
12. May voters call a special Town Meeting?
13. May a special Town Meeting be called for more than one reason?
14. What is a warrant?
15. When is the warrant available?
16. Who makes up the warrant?
17. What are articles?
18. May voters place articles on the warrant?
19. Are there votes that cannot be taken by voice?
20. What if I think the moderator did not decide correctly a voice vote or an informal show of hands?
21. How do I speak in a debate?
22. What does a “motion to take from the table” mean?
23. I’m not familiar with making motions, how do I make one?
24. How do I call for a vote?
25. What is a reconsideration motion?
26. What’s the difference between adjourning, recessing and dissolving?
27. What does it mean to adjourn “without day”?
28. What is a “Stabilization Fund”?
29. What is “Free Cash”?
30. What is “Raise and Appropriate”?