Canton Town Hall
Canton has the open town meeting form of government. Annually each spring, and as necessary, the voters gather to discuss matters such as zoning, schools, public works, recreational facilities, the budget, taxes and bond issues. Property taxes on residential and other land, buildings and improvements, and transfers from the state government, are two important sources of revenue for the town. The five elected members of the Board of Selectmen oversee the day-to-day operations of the town government. The Planning Board approves new town subdivisions, reviews site plans for commercial development, oversees the towns scenic ways, drafts and approves a town wide master plan, and statutorily provides recommendations to Town Meeting regarding zoning and development.