The Town is operated by an elected three member Selectboard. The Selectboard meets on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at 5:00 P.M. at the Town Clerk’s Office. If you would like to be on the agenda call the office at 479-2673 by Friday before the meeting.
Duties and responsibilities:
The Selectboard is at the center of Vermont’s local government. It is the body that has general supervision and control over the affairs of the town. The Vermont Secretary of State’s website describes the role of the Selectboard as follows: “General supervision and control over town; enacts ordinances, regulations, and policies for town; oversees town property and personnel; prepares, presents and manages budget; and oversees roads, including laying out, discontinuing, and reclassifying roads. Sits as local board of health, liquor control commission, and sewer commission. Should know the town well, be able to understand all sides of complex issues, and have very thick skin.”
A major public misconception is to believe that the Select Board has total and absolute authority over all personnel employed by the town. In Orange, some of the major officers are elected officials. Each office is autonomous and officers answer to the voters and only the voters. The Selectboard can advise the officers but can not order them to do anything. The rest of the employees are appointed.
The Select Board sets a budget for the coming year and that budget is presented to the voters who may accept, amend, or reject it at Town Meeting. The tax rate (just the municipal rate), another item people like to complain to the Select Board about, is set based on voted expenditures and the size of the Grand List. The Select Board spends much time carefully watching the expenditures to be sure the money is, indeed, being spent in a way that will benefit the town.
Selectboard Members are as follows:
Emily-Chair – (407) 962-8074 email – email@example.com
Eric Holmgren – 479-1113 email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Sue Perreault – 522-9831 – email@example.com