Town Meeting

Contact the appropriate Town Official for information on the annual Town Budget, Town Meeting, School District Meeting, Planning Board, Voting, and Election Process as it becomes available.

To understand the basis for the ballot and warrant articles that will be voted on, it is important to attend Board and Commission meetings leading up to the actual vote.  All public meetings are noticed. Contact town hall for additional meeting schedule information.  Board and Commissions begin consideration of zoning, budget and special warrant articles mid-year for the upcoming March ballot.

Gilmanton voters adopted the SB2 (Senate Bill 2) form of Town Meeting in 2012. This requires two sessions each for both the Town and School District Meetings.  NHMA Default Budget FAQs.

Town Meeting First Session - Deliberative Session is for the explanation, discussion, debate and amendments to the proposed operating budget and warrant articles. There are statutory restrictions to the changes voters can make to proposed articles and proposed zoning amendments cannot be amended at the deliberative session.  NH DRA SB2 Technical Assistance

School District Meeting First Session - Deliberative Session is for the explanation, discussion, debate and amendments to the proposed operating budget and warrant articles. 

Town Meeting and School District Meeting Second Session - Election/Voting Day allows voters to cast an official ballot to elect officials and to pass/fail proposed budget and warrant articles.

2022 Items
2022 Candidate Filing
2022 Candidate Filing School

2021 Items
2021 Tax Rate Comparisons Belknap County
2021 Important Dates for Local Officials - Traditional March Town Meeting Calendar
2021 Default Budget
2021 MS737 Deliberative Session
2021 Warrant Deliberative Session

2020 Items
Additional Info on Town Meeting Warrant Articles - Town Administrator Posted 02/19/2020
Town Warrant - Second Session/Voting Version - 02/13/2020
Official Calendar of Important DatesNHMA 
Proposed Zoning Amendments 01/09/20 Public Hearing

2019 Items
Town Meeting 2019 Changes for Town Meeting Season  NHMA 2018

General Town Meeting Info
15 Ideas for a Better Town Meeting  NHMA 2018
Default Budgets & How They Work  NHMA 2022
Default Budget FAQ  
NHMA 2018
Fund Balance 
     Town of Gilmanton Fund Balance Policy  01/11/2016
     Fund Balance-Taking Away the Mystery  NHMA-2022 NEW!
     Fund Balance-Unassigned or Unrestricted - Ways to Use  NHGFOA 2021

     Fund Balance Appropriate Level  NHMA 2017
     Fund Balance New Rules  NHMA 2010
     Fund Balance New and Improved  NHMA 2010

Legal Top 10 Questions from Members Regarding Town Meetings  NHMA 2018
Legality and Amendment  NHMA 2019
Municipal Budget Committee: Roles & Responsibilities  NHMA 2017
Property Tax Impact of a proposed Article-Estimating  NHMA 2012
Property Tax Impact of Proposed Warrant Article Based on Cost  2021
SB2 Form of Town Meeting  NHMA
Transferring Funds Between Approved Purposes  NHMA 2009
Warrant Articles 101 The Basics of Warrant Article Origin, Content 
What's in a Warrant Article? Nothing Extra, PleaseNHMA 2008

Town Reports

Below find full town reports listed by the date of the report. Additionally, some subjects have been extracted from the full reports for ease of research (vitals, school, etc.)  Page Footnotes are the Year of the Annual Report. Be aware, however, that report layouts have changed over the years. In a single annual report you may have town items that ended February of the prior year or current year, school items that ended June of the prior year and a warrant that was voted on during the current year. Whenever in doubt refer to the full annual report from which the extract was taken. Prior to publishing Town Reports, records were kept in ledger books. Several have been digitized at the bottom of this section.


     Number of Ballots Cast, Registered Voters & Population - Annually All Years
     Ballot Results (Town, State & Federal) - Annually All Years
  • Until 2013, Ballot Results included only Elected Positions and those few items required by the State to be on the Official Ballot.  As of 2013, ballot results also include the votes on all warrant articles. Prior to 2013 see the vote on warrant articles in the Town Meeting Minutes below.
     Town Meeting and Deliberative Session Minutes - Annually All Years
Town Reports - Full Version - All Years
          Town Report Covers
          Town Report Dedications
          Town Report Resolutions For Individuals
          Town Report Resolutions - Other

     Voters' Guides

     Warrant Articles sorted by year - adopted and not adopted
     Warrant Articles sorted by Category - adopted and not adopted

     Individual Entity Reports sorted by Entity (Departments, Boards, Commissions, Events, Organizations, etc.

     School Department Annual Reports (when included within Town Reports)

Gilmanton Records to be found in the Belmont Town Hall
Copies available here:
     1786-1795-A Town Meetings & Other (1772-1806)
     1786-1795-B Town Meetings & Other (1772-1806)
     1729-1772 Book 1 Town Records
     1787 Book 2 Town Records (1770-1793)
     1792-1816 Book 3 Town Records
     1813-1829 Book 4-Part 1 Town Records
     1813-1829 Book 4-Part 2 Town Records
     1826-1842 Book 5-Part 1 Town Records
     1826-1842 Book 5-Part 2 Town Records

     1828-1857 Book 6 TownRecords
     1770-1796 Book 7 Town Records