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The Declaration of Independence


IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which

have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station

to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires

 that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with

 certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights,

Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any

 Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute                                   

new Government..........

 

 

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Massachusetts Department of Revenue
   
A Guide to Financial Management for Town Officials  (Excerpted)
   
Role of the Finance Committee 
   
Chapter 5.1:WHAT ARE THE BASIC ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE?
The finance committee is the official fiscal watchdog for a town. Because it is difficult for all taxpayers to be completely informed about every aspect of a town’s finances, finance committees were established so a representative group of taxpayers could conduct a thorough review of municipal finance questions on behalf of all citizens.The role of the finance committee is described in the Massachusetts Finance Committee Handbook published by the Association of Town Finance Committees. A new edition is published every few years, with annual supplements published in the intervening years. It is an excellent resource on the role of the finance committee.The primary duties of a finance committee are to advise and make recommendations to town meeting on the budget and other areas of finance. It has statutory authority to make transfers from the town’s reserve fund (a contingency fund usually created as part of the annual budget appropriations) to departmental budgets for extraordinary or unforeseen occurrences. It may approve with the selectmen some budget transfers during the last two months of the fiscal year and the first 15 days of the next year in order to close out the town’s financial records.In addition to its research and advisory role at town meeting, the committee can play a vital role in the financial planning of the town. In some communities, the finance committee develops long-range revenue and expenditure forecasts, which are very useful in scheduling large capital acquisitions and identifying major changes in the operating budget of the town.
   
The Association of Town Finance Committees
   
Finance Committee Handbook (Excerpted)
The ATFC has received many calls involving the duties and power of the finance committee. These have usually been instigated by clashes with the board of selectmen or town administrator, who are often getting more assertive in claiming a role, or even asserting sole responsibility, in presenting the budget to town meeting. This preface will duplicate parts of the following chapters, but I feel it important to bring together key elements of this issue.This preface will summarize this “discussion” into the broader framework of the division of powers within local government. I see this division of powers as comparable to that at the state and federal government. The board of selectmen and town manager/administrator/executive secretary are part of the executive branch of government. It is their job to collect budget information, developbudget priorities and formulate a balanced budget,the same as a president or governor.Once developed, that budget is presented to the finance committee, representing the legislative branch, the town meeting. In effect, the local finance committee has the same role as the House Ways and Means Committee in the State Legislature. It is the finance committee’s responsibility to receive the budgets from the executive branch (either as a collective whole or individually by department), analyze them, have hearings where the department heads and the public can testify, and present a balanced budget to town meeting. That budget should reflect the finance committee’s decisions based upon their best judgement of the issues and finances of the town.The budget before town meeting is the finance committee’s and it is their job to explain and defend it. This does not preclude department heads or the town administrator, if any, from being called upon to answer questions or explain items in more detail, but it is the finance committee’s budget. 
 
Without finance committee independent review, the town meeting would be at a severe handicap in voting on financial matters when all of the recommendations are coming from one source. Separation of powers was designed by our founding fathers for a reason—Defend It.

Respectfully,

Allan Tosti,

Chair, Arlington Finance Committee

Treasurer, ATFC

Editor, Finance Committee Handbook

Chapter 1 Town & Town Government 
The finance committee’s prime responsibility is to make recommendations on all financial matters,including the budget, to town meeting. The committee has oversight responsibility for all municipalfinancial matters, as well as other statutory authority granted to them by town bylaws Page 1-5
   
Chapter 2  Municipal Budgeting Finance Committee
The finance committee is a town’s official fiscal watchdog. Its primary responsibility is to advise and make recommendations to town meeting on the budget and other areas of finance, although in many towns they prepare and submit the budget as well as comment on it. The state statutory authority of the finance committee does not vary from community to community, but the role and process does. Page 2-7 
   
Town Meeting
Town meeting is the legislative body and appropriating authority of a town. As such, it enacts bylaws (i.e., local laws), approves the operating and capital budgets, authorizes the town to borrow funds and may ratify major policies concerning the financial management of the municipality. Page 2-8 
   
The Finance Committee Report
The finance committee should promote the implementation of a budget process that results in a clear and meaningful budget document. The annual budget is the opportunity to present the voters with a clear picture of town government: what it is, where it is, and where it is heading.The finance committee report is the extremely critical end-product of the budget development process. This document should inform town meeting of the proposed budget and its recommendations on all financial articles. Further, the report often establishes the appropriation framework for the upcoming year.Whether or not the finance committee prepares the town’s budget, the committee is responsible for submitting recommendations on the budget and other financial warrant articles to town meeting.The finance committee report provides analyses,explanations, and justifications for its recommendations. Although the level of detail varies from town to town, more informative reports include financial and statistical data, often trace historical trends and specific appropriations. However, there is no need to duplicate information already presented in a comprehensive budget document.The town’s financial condition, the issues posed by the budget, local bylaws, customs and traditions,and the interests and skills of committee members will all shape the finance committee report. Often,town staff assists the finance committee in preparing the report, and in larger towns the finance committee may have its own staff. Pages 2-11 & 2-12
 
Summary
A local government’s budgeting process should provide a forum for the community to understand,evaluate, discuss, and determine the financial planfor the coming year. The budget document and the finance committee’s report are the media that should guide and influence these resource allocation deliberations and decisions. Properly prepared and presented, these comprehensive documents will meet the tests of excellence in budgeting as espoused by the GFOA, the national, stateand local government standard setters. Page 2-13
 
Chapter 3 THE FINANCE COMMITTEE:
  
STRUCTURE AND FUNCTIONS
In 1870, a group of Quincy citizens banded together to restore financial order in their municipality,creating the Commonwealth’s first finance committee.In 1910, the Massachusetts courts ruled that a municipal finance committee was legal (Sinclair v. Fall River, 198 Mass 248). In that same year, the Massachusetts General Court also acknowledged the need for municipal finance committees statewide, requiring all but the smallest municipalities to establish such committees to assist in dealing with emerging municipal challenges (St 1910, Ch.130, s 2). Several additional legislative assists (i.e.,St 1923, Ch. 388 and St 1929, Ch. 270), reinforced the mandated or permitted existence of municipal finance committees. Page 3-1
 
Basic Legislation
The present basic legislation, Chapter 39 s16M.G.L. reads as follows:“Every town whose valuation for the purpose of apportioning the state tax exceed sone million dollars shall, and any other town may, by bylaw provide for the election or the appointment and duties of appropriation,advisory or finance committees, who shall consider any or all municipal questions for the purpose of making reports or recommendations to the town; and such bylaws may provide that committees so appointed or elected may continue in office for terms not exceeding three years from the date of appointment or election. In every town having a committee appointed under authority of this section, such committee, or the selectmen if authorized by bylaw of the town, and, in any town not having such a committee, the selectmen,shall submit a budget at the annual town meeting.”Almost every town across the state interprets this statute differently and has established its local finance committee to meet the community’s specific needs. In some towns, for example, the finance committee may prepare as well as comment on the budget. It is generally agreed that finance committees may consider any matter they feel will have a fiscal impact on the town, as well as any other matters the committee feels are relevant. It may reasonably be argued that little comes before town meeting that does not have a potential fiscal impact on the town. Page 3-1
 
Budget
Down to Basics The budget is a finance committee’s major concernand is likely where the bulk of the committee’s time will be spent. Depending on whether a givenf inance committee is responsible for developing the town budget from scratch or for reviewing and making recommendations on a budget developedby the selectmen, town manager or executive secretary,the finance committee will meet fairly regularly for three to six months before town meeting. Most of that time will be devoted to budget development and review.Throughout the budget cycle, the committee’s main goals should be:
• to optimize the value of each dollar spent;
• to address the town’s long range as well as immediate needs;
• to present a balanced budget to town  meeting; and
• to present budget recommendations in a clear and readable format, with sufficient detail and explanation so that town meeting members can understand the basic goals, policies,tradeoffs and constraints that shaped it.
Experienced finance committee members learn to read between the budget’s line items and see the policy decisions, and indecisions, built into the numbers. The finance committee should be willing to share that insight with town meeting. Page 3-6
  
Ideally, the finance committee can support its recommendations at town meeting without alienating advocates for opposing viewpoints. Where compromise is possible, the subcommittee should also work with the opposing sides come to a responsible resolution of their differences. Although the finance committee can and should advocate for its own position, its reports should make it clear that a given position was reached after fair and thoughtful deliberation. No matter how important or controversial the issue at hand may be, the finance committee must remember that its first responsibility and loyalty is to town meeting and the integrity of the town meeting process.Pages 3-8 & 3-9

                                                                                                                                                   

Release the 100 Emails!

To: Provincetown Board of Selectmen

We understand why the previous BOS withheld the 100 Emails. But why are they now still being denied publication?

                                                                                                                                                                                                      

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This infringement of MYPACC copyright material crosses the line

and is in direct violation of Facebook rules and regulations and as such

will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law

                                                                                                                                                                              

 
   
 
CANCELLED
 

To The Provincetown Community:

 

It is with mixed emotion I am announcing the cancellation of my upcoming Beaux Arts Ball at the Provincetown Town Hall.

I was forced to make a difficult decision, since a life long dream of mine is about to become a reality. On Oct. 28, 2014 I will see the opening of my first Broadway Play as co-producer. Not off-Broadway, but ON Broadway, when Sideshow opens at the St. James Theatre. Sideshow.com

 

Due to the "simultaneous" dates of both events, I had to sacrifice the Ball for this year. On behalf of my Beaux Arts partner Bryan Rafanelli and all of my extraordinary sponsors, my sincere gratitude for your support. Look for a lollapalooza of a Beaux Arts event in 2015 I am proud to be part of this amazing Provincetown community and from the bottom of my heart, thank you for all of your support.

 

I close with something I have always wanted to say:

 

See you on Broadway!

 

Shawn Nightengale

Shawn Nightengale Productions



 
 
 
 
 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Re: Michelle Jarusiewicz

To the naysayers about Michelle....

You can not put a high enough value on the amount of institutional knowledge one
gains after 30 years of experience in this town. Outsiders don't have enough
knowledge about our community to do a good job no matter how great they might
appear on paper.
4:43 pm edt 

Re: Town Manager Candidate
 
"We Are in a great Position to Hire a First-Rate town Manager

As there are many people who love this place and who move here, this is a great
opportunity for someone to move here and run this town. I think there will be
many candidates if the search firm is professional and comprehensive. We will
hire a first-rate town manager and I do believe we will have many, many
candidates.
  for all of us here, for all the attraction we have to this town, it will be
the same force that draws a first-rate candidate to become our new town
manager."


Sorry to deliver the bad news but PT will never get a :first-rate" manager
because (I know that this might be a shock) we are not a first rate town for
managers,  We may love it but our criteria for living here are much different
than for a manager moving here.  Check some of the previous posts about this
subject.  Unless you can muster another part to the debate, I'll have to agree
with the others that say that we won't get a genuine "first-Rate" manager.  A
good one? An adequate one ?  Yes to both, but not first rate.  Not like Norwood
or Longmeadow or Peabody or so many other towns.
4:40 pm edt 

4:29 pm edt 

Envious of Days Cottage Coverage

Gee, I wish that when I sell my three condos that I get the coverage that Day's
cottages received in the Cape Cod Times.

However, I hope that an investor group buys all three and that it all takes
place licity-split once the building is on the market.

We have had to maintain 5 properties--now it is four-but we want to just
concentrate on one.

I realize now that I could have charged another $250.00 a month after seeing
what a similar apartment's monthly rent but, it wouldn't make a big change in my
life: Taxes going up, insurance concerns, town putting restrictions on people's
properties. Time to sell and  move into our house on the mainland.

I'm ready to say good by to the town and to let others get a chance to own
property here. Tenants will be displaced, but life goes on.

It is time for some economic security and to get the equity out of our property
and to create a big nest egg to invest.

We have this beautiful town and the property of the National seashore
surrounding us and the sea and sky, but the whole world is our property and I
want to leave my footprints in other parts of our great big wonderful world.
12:45 pm edt 

Re: Side Note of Praise

My Posts Get Posted

Odd that yours do not get posted. Maybe you are writing really mean things a
bout some people.

For me, I post here whenever I do and then soon see these posts on mypacc.

My experience is definitely different from yours. But I can only address what my
experience has been here.
12:08 pm edt 

Re: Town Manager Candidate

We Are in a great Position to Hire a First-Rate town Manager

As there are many people who love this place and who move here, this is a great
opportunity for someone to move here and run this town. I think there will be
many candidates if the search firm is professional and comprehensive. We will
hire a first-rate town manager and I do believe we will have many, many
candidates.
  for all of us here, for all the attraction we have to this town, it will be
the same force that draws a first-rate candidate to become our new town manager.
12:06 pm edt 

Re: Side Note of Praise

All of My Posts get Posted

so I don't know what you are saying. I write and it is posted. but maybe you are
constantly attacking someone--I don't know but I do know that I have no
complaints on my posts.
10:53 am edt 

Re: Michelle Jarusiewicz

"Why? Because We do Not Need a Second Choice

And perhaps she was really the third choice but to save face for her, giving her
the second choice was politically nice.

We need a first rate choice for town manager and nothing less will do.

Remember that Truro did not select Michelle J.

On to a better alternative for Provincetown. We deserve nothing less."


This, like so many other posts here, serves as reminder that logic is not
frequently found on sites like this.

What evidence do you have that justifies your totally ignorant statement about
her being a third choice?  None, that is what you have.

If you can, please define what is a "first rate" choice for town manager.  I
will be shocked if you even try and more shocked if you can even get close to
defining a "first rate" candidate and then try to explain why a real "first
rate" manager would want to be here.  What about our job would draw a first rate
candidate?  The pay?  The availability of affordable housing?   The nearness of
wonderful cultural and educational year-round opportunities?  The job
availability for family members?  The warm, welcoming political climate where
everyone is civil in their understanding of working together to improve life for
all?  Go ahead answer.
10:45 am edt 

Re: Zoning Board

"I had considered applying to the zoning board of appeals so a friend
of mine suggested I watch a few of their meetings. I watched a few of their
meetings and have since changed my mind. They seem to lack organization."



Too bad that you didn't feel that you have the organization and leadership
skills that would improve things.  It sure is better to sit on the sidelines and
snipe at those that are making the effort.
10:42 am edt 

Re: Side Note of Praise

"You Just Can't Have It both Ways

You complain that some posts are awful and then you attack the webmaster for not
posting your posts. Well, if they are terrible and hurtful, it makes sense they
are not posted.

There is editing for abuse, attacks, vileness, and ugly remarks. that is what I
sense. So write a decent and intelligent post and I bet-- a la Mitt Romney--
$10,000, that it will be posted."


You know about ASSUME don't you?


I have never complained about posts being awful and I have never "attacked" the
webmaster for anything.  I have commented that the webmaster is selective on
what he allows.  Unless you are the webmaster or have tried to post comments
that he declined to include, you have no idea of which you write.

The webmaster can do as he pleases, it it his blog, but to assume that he is
evenhanded in all posts is just that- an assumption.
10:40 am edt 

Posts

If it is a negative post about Candace Nagel or Michelle J.  It seems to get
posted. If it is a negative  post about Clarence or Duane or Mary JOa, it never
seems to get posted.
10:38 am edt 

Michael Shay's Restaurant

Are there any reports from our town planner and the planning board on
what the future of our town will be? I recently heard that Michael Shay's has
been sold and a condominium complex will be built on this property.  Is this
factual?
10:35 am edt 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Re: Side Note of Praise

You Just Can't Have It both Ways

You complain that some posts are awful and then you attack the webmaster for not
posting your posts. Well, if they are terrible and hurtful, it makes sense they
are not posted.

There is editing for abuse, attacks, vileness, and ugly remarks. that is what I
sense. So write a decent and intelligent post and I bet-- a la Mitt Romney--
$10,000, that it will be posted.
11:54 pm edt 

Re: Side Note of Praise

"Thank you Clarence and whomever else that allows the posts, positive
or negative, regarding the selection process to be posted. It's not a discussion
if only one side is heard."


Do you also believe in the tooth fairy?  I, and others with whom I have
communicated, have posted many timess and Clarence has blocked them.  I have no
idea what his criteria are for inclusion,but it is not everything for sure.  He
correctly edits some stuff but refused to include entire posts quite frequently.
8:35 pm edt 

Re: Michelle Jarusiewicz

"If she were the Town Manager, all of the assets and all of her time and energy
would not benefit he entire town It would be a laser like focus geared to one
issue--Affordable housing.

Having her Hired as the town manager would give me the shivers seeing her go
from a little cubby-hole writing grants to managing all of these departments and
personnel and ALL of the issues facing the town.

Everything else would suffer"


Thanks for the well reasoned informative argument. You clearly spent at least 2
seconds figuring this out.  This was very helpful in understanding life in PT.
8:32 pm edt 

Zoning Board

I had considered applying to the zoning board of appeals so a friend of mine
suggested I watch a few of their meetings. I watched a few of their meetings and 
have since changed my mind. They seem to lack organization.
8:30 pm edt 

Re: Michelle Jarusiewicz

If she were the Town Manager, all of the assets and all of her time and energy
would not benefit he entire town It would be a laser like focus geared to one
issue--Affordable housing.

Having her Hired as the town manager would give me the shivers seeing her go
from a little cubby-hole writing grants to managing all of these departments and
personnel and ALL of the issues facing the town.

Everything else would suffer.
12:40 pm edt 

Re: Michelle Jarusiewicz

Well, I for one, am More than glad that She won't be applying

she lost in both searches. she is not the best candidate and that is life. she
is a nice person but that is not enough. and writing grants is so different from
leading a town, mastering the complexities of running departments and
implementing well the ideas and strategies of the BOS.

It is not her and reality sets in. that is a good thing. We shouldn't have to
cull her again from the pool of candidates.
11:14 am edt 

Re: Michelle Jarusiewicz

Why? Because We do Not Need a Second Choice

And perhaps she was really the third choice but to save face for her, giving her
the second choice was politically nice.

We need a first rate choice for town manager and nothing less will do.

Remember that Truro did not select Michelle J.

On to a better alternative for Provincetown. We deserve nothing less.
10:42 am edt 

Re: Michelle Jarusiewicz

"When will we learn that outsiders DO NOT know better than our own
people right here at home? Keith Bergman, Sharon Lynn, Jeff Jaran... all from
away and look at the poor job they did for us.
Bobby Anthony.... you of all people should know the benefit of hiring from
within!"


The ability of the town manager has nothing to do with where they were from.  It
is a rare thing for towns to have managers that are locals.  Stop with the
insular " outsiders"stuff".  It is managing skill that matters.  There are many
towns that have managers for many years but they are rare.  The shelf life of
managers is only three or four years because of local politics and disputes
between the manager and BOS members.   Some BOS members want to manage the town
and get angry when the manager tells them that the job of the BOS is to set
policy and the manager executes that policy.  It has nothing to do with being
local or from far away.
10:06 am edt 

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