Bristol incorporation vote passes

Voters have approved a portion of the town of Bristol incorporating as a village.

bristol-new-flagThe measure passed 295 to 269 in voting today.

Only residents of the proposed village area — roughly the northwest third of the town — were able to vote for or against incorporation.

Town officials have been driving an effort to incorporate part of the town as a village. Under state statutes, a village government has more control over its own destiny. For example, a village can annex territory from adjacent towns, but cannot be annexed involuntarily by other municipalities. Villages also have access to economic development tools that towns do not.

There are several methods by which the remnant town could be brought into the village to reunite the two entities.


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