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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
which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind
that they should
declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed
by their Creator with
Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure
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
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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?
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
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.
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.
Chair, Arlington Finance Committee
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
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
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
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
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
THE FINANCE COMMITTEE:
STRUCTURE AND FUNCTIONS
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
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
does not have a potential fiscal impact on the town.
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
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
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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?
Smoke is White!
We Have a Town Manager
Wednesday, Board of Selectmen Unanimously Elected Richard Reinhard as New Town Manager
"My whole professional life I've been
about improving cities, towns and neighborhoods," said Reinhard. He has held his current position, as deputy executive
director of the Washington D.C. Business Improvement District, for the past seven years. Previously, he was managing director
for urban development and infrastructure finance at the Urban Land Institute. He served as CEO of the Niagara Falls Redevelopment
Corp. and was an executive director of a business improvement district in Buffalo, New York. He also worked as the chief of
staff for the mayor of Buffalo.
Selectmen will go into
executive session to hammer out contract negotiation details
Happy Birthday Barbara Rushmore!
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Re: Finance Director
9:40 pm edt
"Why not point out to Hoort that the state constitution dictates that we can
only have the town meeting
form of government instead of unleashing another
typical personal attack."
Why would this
person say this? Because Hoort's statement WAS a personal attack
on the town, that's why. How DARE he say this to the
people of the town that pay
him? It's another symptom of what has been wrong with the people at town hall.
in the last few years, they think it's OK to post insulting things
online and have a general demeanor that they don't
SERVE the town but, somehow,
it's the other way around. That's the problem here. That's what we're getting
of. How can a town employee insult people and say he wouldn't show up at
town meeting unless he had to? Where is this
kind of insolence allowed? Let's
help him by getting rid of him, then he gets his wish and never has to go to a
town meeting ever again. I'm appalled to read that quote and everyone should be.
Re: Finance Director
9:37 pm edt
"The Director of Municipal Finance has been around for many years.
Dan Hoort is either the 3rd
or 4th person to hold the position in its current
form. The position can actually be traced further back to the 80s
Richardson was our Town Accountant, he headed up the department that is now
Further all non union positions must be a part of the
personnel compensation plan, which goes to town meeting.
Sharon Lynn did not
create the position nor did she try and get around anything. She worked with
that has been in existence for a long time. The charter does not list every
position in the town nor should it."
Something is very wrong. How did this post ever get on here. Imagine, it
It is not a personal attack. It does not mention disputes between
the FinCom and the subject. Is it possible
that we may actually encounter
Re: Finance Director
2:59 pm edt
The Director of Municipal Finance has been around for many years. Dan
Hoort is either the 3rd or 4th person
to hold the position in its current form.
The position can actually be traced further back to the 80s when Jon
was our Town Accountant, he headed up the department that is now municipal
finance. Further all
non union positions must be a part of the personnel
compensation plan, which goes to town meeting. Sharon Lynn
did not create the
position nor did she try and get around anything. She worked with the structure
has been in existence for a long time. The charter does not list every
position in the town nor should it.
Re: Finance Director
1:39 pm edt
"Why would Hoort say this? It's the oldest and most direct form of
government that exists. Democracy
in all its raw and unpredictable splendor. Why
is Democracy outmoded? Oh, I get it, it's better if we have a ruling
the Charter Committee wanted, which is why the lead-up to why it was formed was
exposed and everyone
ran like rats.
If Hoort doesn't like our town's citizens, or the form of government, I hope the
Manager will help him find his way out by getting rid of him, that way
he won't have to suffer town meetings any longer.
But let me give him a bit of
MA law: town meeting is the ONLY form of government allowed in the state due to
low population. Mayoral system isn't allowed, nor any other form.
Furthermore he is not a Charter employee, so I'm not
really sure why he's even
employed by the town. We could save some money if we got rid of the hacks and
the employment rolls, shedding problems at the same time. Honestly,
this is the political intelligence of this man?
To say THIS about his employer?
He needs to go and the sooner the better."
Why not point out
to Hoort that the state constitution dictates that we can only
have the town meeting form of government instead of unleashing
personal attack. Hoort did not say that he didn't like the town meeting form
but that it
was outmoded. And, I believe also that it has its limitations.
There are many employees in PT that ware not
'charter' employees. SO what.
There is nothing more to it than the charter saying that we must have certain
positions and describing the job. It does not mean that if the charter does not
list it, then it is illegal.
Stop with the foolish and petty stuff.
Sadness at Lincoln Sharpless's Passing
11:04 am edt
One day we celebrate Barbara Rushmore's 90th birthday and all is wonderful by
the sea. Then the next day,
we are gathered by the sea but this time to honor a
wonderful person. Lincoln was such a wonderful part of this community.
so much and brought much joy to so many of us.
Thank you, Lincoln, for who you were and remained
through all that you went
through. With much admiration and loss, we say goodbye.
Finance Director - Dan Hoort
10:59 am edt
Hoort is One of the Last of Sharon's Boys
Time is up. she protected your back then--but now is now. time
for you to depart
and the town will be much better served. Maybe, like Russell, Truro would
appreciate your talents!
10:54 am edt
How is the title of Finance Director codified as a legal funded position.
If my memory serves me correctly,
the position was non-existent prior to Town
Manager Sharon Lynn.
Sharon Lynn created the position
to cicircumvent the charted authority of the Town
Treasurer, which make the position de-facto and not de-jury.
This being the case, how is this position allowed to persist, without codefication.
Re: He Never Ceases to Amaze
10:13 am edt
"This is the most ignorant statement I have EVER seen publicly posted
by our Finance Director, Dan Hoort
on social media (if we can call the social
This is what a town hall employee is saying to the people
who participate and
take the time to do their civic duty.
Do you think it has anything to do with the fact
that he has run unsupervised
for so long? Do you think it is because he would rather not have people
for him to pass his own projects without town oversight? Then he can
report to Candace and McGuire, and the poor stooges
that follow him.
Judge for yourself.
Dan Hoort "The more I think about the more I realize that if I was
not a town
employee I'm not sure I'd go to town meeting. I know that's probably not the
politically correct thing
to say, but it's really an outdated form of town
Your last sentences displays
your ignorance and predisposition. If you had any
idea of what goes on outside of our little cocoon, you would know
debate over the current value of the town meeting form of government is being
heard all over the state.
There are legitimate arguments to be made for both
viewpoints. Fotr you to ignorantly dismiss a serious thought
about having a
better system shows how little that you understand or are willing to consider.
of town meeting does not mean that the people will not have a voice
in government. There are many towns that have elected
town meeting members.
There are many that employee the town council form. I PT like so many other
towns, attendance at TM is fairly small compared to the number of
registered voters. This can lead to apathy and
government by a small percentage
of residents. It is always good to debate ideas. Otherwise nothing ever
improves. People like you don't understand that others may have ideas that are
Hoort is not the enemy. He may have differences with the FinCom and others, but
he is for a better PT.
Re: He Never Ceases to Amaze
10:08 am edt
"Dan Hoort "The more I think about the more I realize that if I was not a town
not sure I'd go to town meeting. I know that's probably not the
politically correct thing to say, but it's really an
outdated form of town
Why would Hoort say this? It's the oldest and most direct
form of government
that exists. Democracy in all its raw and unpredictable splendor. Why is
Oh, I get it, it's better if we have a ruling elite, like
the Charter Committee wanted, which is why the lead-up to
why it was formed was
exposed and everyone ran like rats.
If Hoort doesn't like our town's citizens, or the
form of government, I hope the
new Town Manager will help him find his way out by getting rid of him, that way
won't have to suffer town meetings any longer. But let me give him a bit of
MA law: town meeting is the ONLY form of
government allowed in the state due to
our low population. Mayoral system isn't allowed, nor any other form.
he is not a Charter employee, so I'm not really sure why he's even
employed by the town. We could save some money if
we got rid of the hacks and
pared back the employment rolls, shedding problems at the same time. Honestly,
is the political intelligence of this man? To say THIS about his employer?
He needs to go and the sooner the better.
Monday, September 29, 2014
Re: Tools of the Elite
9:46 pm edt
I am not a big Dan Hoort fan or for that matter his boyfriend either,
however he is a part of this community.
He owns a guesthouse, volunteers on
boards and obviously lives here year around. Unlike many of the louder voices on
fb that do not live in town at all, maybe used to, maybe visit, maybe had sex
once under the DD, he at least lives
here. He has ever right to voice his
opinion about what goes on in this town (not about stuff at town hall) and I
will listen to him because of that, the rest of you out-of-town crazies no.
Re: Tools of the Elite
9:44 pm edt
"Dan Hoort is one of them, another carpetbagger, who was put into his
position by our FAILED town manager,
Sharon Lynn. It is public knowledge that he
hates the Fincom, the Town Moderator and most of the BOS. He continues to
secretly and publicly undermine the work of both the BOS and the Fincom. I hope the voters
see this employee for
what he is."
Really, "secretly" ? Then how do you know about it? Tell us so that
prevent another cabal raid. What work is being undermined?
Re: Tools of the Elite
9:41 pm edt
"When and how was the position of Finance Director introduced as a
town government position? Is
this position defined in the Charter?"
Good questions? two possible answers
1) get Clarence
to put the Charter in his preamble
2) look it u yourself.
Sunday, September 28, 2014
He Never Ceases to Amaze
10:55 pm edt
This is the most ignorant statement I have EVER seen publicly posted
by our Finance Director, Dan Hoort on social
media (if we can call the
This is what a town hall employee is saying to the people who participate and
take the time to do their
Do you think it has anything to do with the fact that he has run unsupervised
for so long? Do you think
it is because he would rather not have people vote,
easier for him to pass his own projects without town oversight?
Then he can
report to Candace and McGuire, and the poor stooges that follow him.
Judge for yourself.
Hoort "The more I think about the more I realize that if I was not a town
employee I'm not sure I'd go to town
meeting. I know that's probably not the
politically correct thing to say, but it's really an outdated form of town
Fomer Police Chief
8:49 pm edt
If the former police chief, his delusional
or any other
people (like the realtor and the
that made thousands off the sale
of the former chiefs condo) have forgotten the town meeting where
suspended, let me remind you that the meeting packed town hall. There is no
support in this town for Jeff
Jaran and most people including myself believe he
or his former girlfriend continue to make these idiotic posts on this
Jaran was a and a bully.
Goodbye and good riddance.
Re: Tools of the Elite
6:33 pm edt
When and how was the position of Finance Director introduced as a town
position? Is this position defined in the Charter?
Re: Tools of the Elite
6:29 pm edt
I hope that everyone currently registered to vote in Provincetown sees
through this latest attempt by outside
forces to give the vote and control of
Provincetown to people who only see us as their "investment" portfolio.
If a person or family wants to be part of the year-round community, every
resident here welcomes them and makes
them feel comfortable However, there are
many who do not want to live here full-time, and want to vote here AND in their
We do not need that. The Community has already been decimated by the greed and
lack of any
connection from many of these people who just want to control town
for their personal gains.
Dan Hoort is
one of them, another carpetbagger, who was put into his position by
our FAILED town manager, Sharon Lynn. It is public
knowledge that he hates the
Fincom, the Town Moderator and most of the BOS. He continues to secretly and
undermine the work of both the BOS and the Fincom. I hope the voters
see this employee for what he is.
for the people who say they support this man and his poor judgement. They
are all of the people who have been fired,
quit, resigned or have some other
motivation to see Provincetown fail. FIRE DAN HOORT! (before he resigns).
Re: It's Coming From Inside Town Hall
6:14 pm edt
It's coming from inside your head.
Now we're supposed to believe that three different people have independently
spoken to you about an investigation including someone inside, but David Gardner
doesn't know it's going on?
C'mon. You can't fart in town hall without having
it posted on this blog.
Re: Tools of the Elite
6:12 pm edt
RE: MaryJo vs FinCom Chair
"Folks, what you need to worry about is that there are people in our
Colluded before the process was even set up, as the published emails on here
proved. Secondly, there are people in our midst who immediately resigned once
all of this was published, and the
committee disbanded because of the collusion.
Who does the writer think is dumb? Who does the writer thinks can't read?
you have to do is read the emails obtained by an FOIA request and you have
everything you need to know about
why the charter committee was formed, and who
was directing it. Then go and read the sections about second homeowners,
parts about moving town meeting to be more accommodating to this elite group of
rich people, and about putting
them on committees as well as all the discussions
about giving second homeowners votes. The majority of us are not fooled,
see a power play by the town one percenters from a mile away, along with the
hypocrisy of them crying about
the residential exemption while they're
collecting one where they actually live. Please spare !
us this, we're
all much smarter than you give us credit for.
A Band of Losers
6:08 pm edt
Hoort "doesn't care who the posters are), that explains a lot. He
would rather post his one-sided and
careless posts where no intelligent person
who actually cares about Provincetown as a community parks there fake asses.
Thank you, Kristin Hatch, for attempting to make some sense to the losers on the
"Dan Hoort I actually enjoy this page more than most on-line. We can have some
open conversations, criticize
things we don't agree with and discuss real ideas
and thoughts. I don't know who many posters are nor does it matter
to me, I care
more about the discussions."
4 hrs · Like · 2
are from Paul DeRuyter and Tony Brackett. According to our "Finance
Director", it doesn't matter who has false
opinions about the town that pays his
salary, as long as someone, anyone, listens. And to back up his claim, most of
the posters on the site are NOT Provincetown voters, or they are losers who
still haven't admitted that they are
in the extreme minority.
These "losers" continue to try to confuse the issues and make it difficult to
move forward, continually throwing more lies, exaggerations and name-calling on
the people who want this town
to calm down and move on.
It would behoove each and every person who cares to block out the noise from
loudmouths to do just that!
Re: It's Coming From Inside Town Hall
6:04 pm edt
"There is NO investigation going on in town hall - and certainly NOT about a
person who may or may not
be posting under a fake profile!!"
Well isn't it interesting that three different people in the
last week have
mentioned this to me, one with some knowledge that led me to believe it's true
(the person mentioned
specifically how they were tracing posts). This was also
mentioned in the context of a rumored real estate transaction
between someone in
town hall and a well-known person in town. So after hearing this, I'm inclined
to believe something
is going on. I have no idea whether this is illegal, but it
would certainly be very embarrassing for someone at town
hall to be outed as one
of the false personalities on a certain Facebook page. And the Assistant Town
would be the last person to know in the event one of his staff was being
investigated, quite honestly.
lady doth protest too much, methinks.
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