One final word on placing a bond article on the Town warrant. RSA 39:3-d IV: "IV. Articles concerning the issuance of bonds or notes shall not be placed on the official ballot, unless the municipality has adopted a charter provision authorizing that votes on the issuance of bonds or notes shall be placed on the official ballot or unless the municipality has adopted the provisions of RSA 40:12-14. "
The "Official Ballot" is what is voted on on the second Tuesday in March.
Q. Can bond issue questions be placed on the official ballot?
A. The only circumstances under which bond and note questions can be voted on by official ballot is if the town has adopted the provisions of RSA 40:12 through 14, known as the official ballot referendum form of town meeting (SB 2), or has adopted a charter that provides for voting on bond questions by official ballot. RSA 39:3-d. Otherwise, bond questions are put to the voters in the form of articles in the town meeting warrant. They must be voted on by written yes-no ballot distributed to voters at the meeting. If the bond is for an amount in excess of $100,000, that warrant article must be acted on by the town meeting before other articles, and written ballot voting must remain open for at least an hour. RSA 33:8 and 8-a.