[HISTORY: Approved by the Town of Guilford by referendum 11-6-2001, to be effective 12-6-2001. (This Charter supersedes the prior Charter, approved at referendum 11-12-1993.) Amendments noted where applicable.]
In the spirit of the Covenant of 1639, in which the founders of Guilford joined themselves into one community and pledged their individual abilities to the service of their common needs, this charter establishes a town government that enables each generation's needs to be identified and met. Among the needs requiring commitment are:
Preservation and protection of our forests, farms and waters.
Orderly growth to benefit the town economically while maintaining its traditional character.
The health, safety and security of the townspeople.
The education of the children of the town.
This charter strives to ensure that these needs are met with fiscal responsibility and the informed participation of its citizenry.