FTR vs. FTM

 

Attribute

FTR (Proposed)

FTM (Current)

Budget Appropriation Authority

All Tiverton Registered Voters

All Tiverton Registered Voters

Voting Type

Private

Public

Voting Mechanism

Secret Ballot

Voice or Hand

Voting Location

Voting Booth

Gym Bleachers or Chairs

Time Duration to Vote

5-10 minutes

3-4 Hours

Time of Day To Vote

8AM – 8PM At Will

9AM-1PM Mandatory

Absentee Ballot Provision

Yes

No

Notice of Budget/Taxes

Written 2 Weeks Prior

Verbal Minutes Prior

Accuracy of Vote Count

Optical Scanner

Voice or Hand Count

Public Hearing Disclosure

All Budget Proposals

Only Budget Committee Recommendation

Tax Cap Protection

Yes

Ambiguous

Roberts Rules Eliminated

Yes

No

Process Finality

Yes

No

Maximum Voter Attendance

All 11,000+ Voters

1,920 Voters in 3 rooms

Budget Committee Access

Automatic

Automatic

Town Council Access

Optional Budget Proposal

Optional Amendment

School Committee Access

Optional Budget Proposal

Optional Amendment

Voter Access

Optional Budget Proposal

Optional Amendment

Voter Access Requirement

Written via 50 Signatures

Verbal from Microphones

Voter Access Limitation

No Limitation

Limited to 3 Amendments

Moderator Eliminated

Yes

No

Ability for Resolutions

Yes

Yes

Tax Implication Known Upon Budgetary Voting

Yes

No

Majority Adoption of Budgets/Taxes

Yes

Yes

Where

Town Hall Polling Place

High School Gym

When

Third Tuesday in May

Second Saturday in May

Air Conditioned

Yes

No

Event Cost Drivers

FTR

Publish Notice

Print Financial Town Hearing Dockets

Cost Savings

Print Ballots

Check In Desk Labor

Cost Savings

Cost Savings

Cost Savings

Cost Savings

Cost Savings

Cost Savings

Cost Savings

Cost Savings

FTM

Publish Notice

Print Public Hearing Dockets

DPW Gym Setup

Print FTM Dockets

Check In Desk Labor

Audio System

Video System

Recording System

Dual Solicitor Presence

Police Detail Presence

Fire Detail Presence

DPW Gym Breakdown

Janitor Gym Cleaning