Each of the two major political parties in Town nominate six candidates. If the candidates are not challenged in a party primary, the candidates' names are placed on the ballot in November and are elected. The party receiving the majority of votes cast for BET candidates assumes the BET chairmanship and vice chairmanship positions.
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The BET ensures that there is proper financial administration throughout the Town. It also is responsible for an annual Town budget, which is reviewed by the First Selectman and the BET, prior to being presented for approval to the RTM. In addition, the BET appoints the Town Controller and Town Assessor.