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Powers and Duties

Click here to read 2017 Election Calendar and deadlinesSelect Board
- There are 5 elected members to the Select Board, each elected to 3-year terms.
- Duties can be read in Section 4, 5 of the Town Manager's Act.
- Time Commitment: 22 meetings a year, with additional subcommittee work.
- Compensation:  $3,500 Chair, $3,000 member.

School Committee
- There are 7 elected members to the School Committee, each elected to 3-year terms.
Read the School Committee Policy Manual
- Time Commitment: 20 meetings a year, with additional subcommittee work.
- There is no compensation.

Board of Assessors
- There are 3 elected members to the Board of Assessors. Each elected to 3-year terms.
View Assessor Responsibilities as excerpted from the Division of Local Services (DLS) Course 101 Handbook. Read the full handbook.
- Time Commitment: 22 meetings a year
- Compensation: $4,900 member

Town Clerk
- The Town Clerk is elected for a 3-year term.
- Duties of the Town Clerk may be read in the Town Bylaws, Title 1, Article 3.
- Time Commitment: Full-Time Job
- Compensation - $96,555 (also receives $1,500 stipend as Registrar of Voters)

Town Meeting Members
- Arlington has 252 Town Meeting Members, twelve from each precinct, with one-third elected each year. There are often additional openings for “unexpired terms” of one or two years in some of the precincts.
Information for prospective and new Town Meeting members.
- Time Commitment: Town Meeting is held in the Spring and meets until all articles are heard. Length ranges from 5-8 nights at 3 hours per night. Town Meeting members will also be called to serve at any Special Town Meeting called during the year.
- There is no compensation.


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