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NO. 73. AN ACT RELATING TO ELECTION OF ROAD COMMISSIONERS.

(H.786)

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1. 17 V.S.A. § 2646 is amended to read:

§ 2646. TOWN OFFICERS; QUALIFICATION; ELECTION

At the annual meeting, a town shall choose from among its legally qualified voters the following town officers, who shall serve until the next annual meeting and until successors are chosen, unless otherwise provided by law:

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(16) One or two road commissioners who shall be elected by ballot if the town has so ordered; otherwise they shall be appointed by the selectmen as provided in section 2651 of this title. The road commissioners shall be elected for a term of one year unless a town votes that the commissioners shall be elected for a term of two or three years. When a town votes for a two-year or three-year term for the office of road commissioner, that two-year or three-year term shall remain in effect until the town rescinds it by the majority vote of the legal voters present and voting at an annual meeting, duly warned for that purpose;

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Sec. 2. 17 V.S.A. § 2649 is amended to read:

§ 2649. NUMBER OF OFFICERS

Each town shall have three selectmen and three listers, unless additional selectmen or listers are elected under the provisions of section 2650 of this title, and three auditors. At each annual meeting one selectman, one lister and one auditor shall be elected, each for a term of three years. A town so voting may elect one or two road commissioners for a term of one *[year]*, two, or three years, as provided in section 2646 of this title. A town so voting may elect three water commissioners. The terms of the water commissioners shall be the same as those of selectmen under sections 2646 and 2650 of this title, except that of those commissioners first elected one shall have a term of one year, one a term of two years, one a term of three years. One or two additional water commissioners may be authorized for one or two year terms as provided in subsection (b) of section 2650 of this title relating to additional selectmen.

Approved: March 23, 2000