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Title 24 : Municipal and County Government


(Cite as: 24 V.S.A. § 1236)
  • § 1236. Powers and duties in particular

    The manager shall have authority and it shall be his or her duty:

    (1) To cause duties required of towns and town school districts and not committed to the care of any particular officer, to be duly performed and executed.

    (2) To perform all duties now conferred by law upon the selectboard, except that he or she shall not prepare tax bills, sign orders on the general fund of the town, call special or annual town meetings, lay out highways, establish and lay out public parks, make assessments, award damages, act as member of the board of civil authority, nor make appointments to fill vacancies which the selectboard is now authorized by law to fill; but he or she shall, in all matters herein excepted, render the selectboard such assistance as it shall require.

    (3) To be the general purchasing agent of the town and purchase all supplies for every department thereof; but purchases of supplies for departments over which such manager is not given control, and of the town school district, shall be made according to requisition therefor by such departments or school directors.

    (4) To have charge and supervision of all public town buildings and repairs thereon, and all building undertaken by the town, unless otherwise provided for by the selectboard, shall be done under his or her charge and supervision.

    (5) To perform all the duties now conferred by law upon the road commissioner of the town, including the signing of orders; provided, however, that when an incorporated village lies within the territorial limits of a town which is operating under a town manager, and such village fails to pay to such town for expenditure on the roads of the town outside the village, at least 15 percent of the last highway tax levied in such village, the legal voters residing in such town, outside such village, may elect one or two road commissioners who shall have and exercise all powers of road commissioner within that part of such town as lies outside such village.

    (6) [Repealed.]

    (7) To do all the accounting for all of the departments of the town and of the town school districts when the board of school directors so request.

    (8) To supervise and expend all special appropriations of the town, as if the same were a separate department of the town, unless otherwise provided for by the selectboard.

    (9) To have charge, control, and supervision of the following matters:

    (A) the police department, if any, and shall appoint and may remove the officers thereof and shall fix their salaries;

    (B) the fire department, if any, and shall appoint, fix the compensation of, and may remove all officers and employees thereof;

    (C) the system of licenses, if any, not otherwise regulated by law;

    (D) the system of sewers and drainage, if any, except the making of assessments therefor;

    (E) the lighting of streets, highways, and bridges;

    (F) the sprinkling of streets and highways and laying of dust, except the making of assessments therefor;

    (G) the maintenance of parks and playgrounds.

    (10) To collect all taxes due the town and to perform all the duties now conferred by law upon the collector of taxes, if the town so votes. Such manager shall continue so to do until the town votes otherwise at a meeting duly warned for the purpose of voting on such question. For the collection of taxes, a town manager may charge and collect the same fees as a collector of taxes, and the fees so collected shall be paid into the treasury of the town. (Amended 1967, No. 147, § 53(b), eff. Oct. 1, 1968; 2011, No. 155 (Adj. Sess.), § 9; 2017, No. 130 (Adj. Sess.), § 12.)