Strong tradition

The people who make up municipal governments in our towns work hard all year to prepare budgets and the other items to be voted on at town meetings and elections. Unlike statewide and national elections, local elections and questions rarely produce advertising to seek voters’ attention, so it’s incumbent upon residents to do a little homework.

Three Mount Desert Island towns hold their town meetings in early May. Enough residents have stepped up to run for board of selectmen and school board seats to produce several contested races.

This week and next in the Islander, readers will find summaries of the budgets and other warrant articles coming before those town meetings, together with profiles of candidates in contested elections.

The home-rule tradition of the town meeting is alive and well on Mount Desert Island, but it’s the responsibility of all residents to help keep it that way.

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