[HISTORY: Adopted by Voters of the Town of Harvard on 5-8-2018. Amendments noted where applicable.]
People of the Town of Harvard in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in order to assure the effectiveness of Town government, facilitate the delivery of services, maintain a high quality of life, be responsive to future needs and opportunities, and encourage public participation in municipal affairs - all in accordance with the Home Rule Amendment to the Constitution of the Commonwealth - do ordain and establish this Home Rule Charter for the Town of Harvard.
Our community is committed to the principle of equal opportunity for all. We believe that civil conduct in public affairs promotes participation in democracy and that by sharing our ideas and opinions with others in thoughtful and considerate ways, we build a stronger and more diverse community. Inclusionary procedures ensure all voices are heard and all citizens are emboldened to contribute to Harvard's governance and community spirit. Our talents, the depth of our goodwill, and our diverse perspectives are fundamental to Harvard's well being.