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Rutland Charter Amendments, 4 (March 2010)

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There were four Rutland Charter Amendments on the March 2 ballot in Rutland County.

Three of four proposed amendments were approved

The first charter amendment proposed was to set a ten year limit on the mayor and board of alderman's terms, if those currently in office are over the ten year mark they would not be eligible for re-election.

  • YES 2,560 Approveda
  • NO 1,231

DefeateddThe second charter amendment proposed was to garner permission for the city to go around standar bidding procedures for goods and services that are determined to be sole-source procurements.

The third charter amendment proposed asked if city officials should contribute at least 20 percent of their health care premiums yearly, currently city officials on average pay 6 percent yearly.

  • YES 2,668 Approveda
  • NO 1,197

The fourth charter amendment proposed asked if school officials should contribute at least 20 percent of their health care premiums yearly, currently school employees pay 10 percent yearly.[1]

  • YES 2,683 Approveda
  • NO 1,166 [2]

Even though these three amendments were approved by voters, the state rejected the changes and thus they will not be implemented. The reason the state legislature gave for rejecting these amendments was a question of the legality of them. State legislature officials noted that the town did not do enough research before the amendments were proposed.[3]

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