Entering Shutesbury

Welcome to Shutesbury, a rural town in Franklin County, MA, established as Roadtown in 1735 and incorporated as Shutesbury in 1761, named for Governor Samuel Shute. This is the official town Web site, maintained by the town’s Web Committee.

News & Updates

A Citizen’s Petition is proposal by a citizen or a group of citizens, signed by 10 or more registered voters, that is brought to the Select Board to place on a Town Meeting warrant.  For example, a petition could ask town meeting to vote for adoption, amendment or repeal of a town’s bylaw.  Another type of petition may offer a resolution/advisory urging action at local, state or federal levels. 

Last year six Citizen Petitions placed articles on the Annual Town Meeting warrant.  The process to file a Citizen Petition is multi-stepped and has deadlines.  This year citizen petitions must be given to the Select Board no later than March 20.  The Town Clerk and Town Moderator have prepared an information sheet to guide citizens through the steps. Click here for the info sheet.

If you are considering such a petition, the time to start this research and process is now.  Contact the Town Clerk for more information

Shutesbury Residents-

Trash pick-up has been moved to THURSDAY, January 18, this week because of the snow. Snow is predicted to be the heaviest tomorrow during normal trash pick-up hours. Alternative Recycling will be here on Thursday to pick up trash and recycling. 


thank you for your assistance- 

Becky Torres, Shutesbury Town Administrator


The 2018 Annual Street Listing Form that combines the Town Census and the State Voter Census is coming to your household soon.  Although this form is issued by the state in an effort to verify current voters living in Shutesbury, the form also is a listing of ALL Shutesbury residents, including non-voters and children.  This information is used for trash bag eligibility, to verify residence for veteran and elderly benefits and as an address confirmation for future town mailings. 

This is an important legal document.  By returning it promptly, you can avoid becoming an inactive voter, a status that requires extra paperwork to reverse at the polls. 

Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

Please read over the form carefully, and add on or correct any omissions or mistakes.

Town Clerks cannot remove any voters who have moved away without this or her signature.  Please provide an address so I can follow up.  If I can't make contact, the person will stay on the voter rolls for four years.

The person with an asterisk beside their name is the person who signs the form at the bottom left, verifying the information.

If you do not receive a census form in a week, please contact me so I can correct the problem.

The Select Board voted to fill the vacancy on the Select Board at the Annual Town Meeting and Elections on Saturday, May 5.  That means there will be two seats for Select Board listed on the ballot.  One seat for two years to finish out the vacated term, and one seat for a three year term.

More information on this spring's elections will be coming after the new year. 

Helpful Information

See who serves Shutesbury in town departments and on town committees

Tax payments can be made on-line.  See Tax Collector’s page for more information.


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