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Charter amendment turned down
RUMFORD -- At the Nov. 8 referendum, voters, by 839 to 767, rejected a proposal to amend the Rumford's Town Charter to allow selectmen to annually appoint non-residents as town auditor, town attorney, code enforcement officer, plumbing inspector and sealer of weights and measures.
However, in a straw poll question, voters were asked if they wanted selectmen to establish a charter commission. That was approved, 836 to 531.
If selectmen agree to form a charter commission, it wouldn't be voted on until the annual business meeting in June.
The Charter, established in 1950 but amended several times, has created conflicts on occasion as the Board of Selectmen strive to conduct the town's business or review and fix its shortcomings.