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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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Friday, July 25, 2014
Re: Hiring a New Town Manager
10:47 am edt
"Looks like we're well on our way to hiring another crappy town
manager. Whose brilliant idea was it
to put a former library trustee in charge
of the search committee?"
Job as former library
Job as chair of town manager search committee.
And her next job will be as a member of the finance committee. Does anyone
think these things out?
Re: Lewd Behavior
10:02 am edt
Aw, put a sock in it. Townies were griping about this in exactly the same terms
50, even 60 years ago. Excerpts
from stories about it occasionally turn up in the
Banner's Archives column. They're a hoot to read. Your complaints,
not so much,
because they fail to recognize that naughtiness is a timeless quality of our
little corner of the
world. That point seems to be lost amid the salivating over
the new, "sleek and upscale" (i.e., whitebread)
Re: Theme Weeks - Bear Week
10:00 am edt
I am your typical tourist who has been coming into town during July
since the 1980s. This year, my trip coincided
with bear week. It will be the
last time. I did not enjoy getting muscled off the dance floors by
sweaty partiers or getting run over when they charged down
Commercial Street or into stores. Why should a certain group
be allowed to
overrun an entire tourist destination during the busy summer?
Re: Recreational Director
9:58 am edt
"Mr. Motta Runs eleven adult programs out of the recreation center."
If running an adult
program means giving a room to someone who needs a place to
hold their activity, you don't need a $50,000'a year town
administrator to do
this. And the one thing he's dully accountable for, the gym room, is a piece of
There are 2 treadmills, and one he has left unrepaired for almost a
year. With greater vision, leadership and
self-i initiative, that place could
be run much better.
Some Businesses are Suffering
9:55 am edt
There is much talk in town about how few tourists are here in the week. Maybe
they are here on weekends but on
the whole, they are hardly eating at our
restaurants and hardly taking rooms in our guests houses.
different. Why? We have yet to analyze this!
Was This Carrie Notaro?
9:52 am edt
She was a of . but she is gone. good. she had few ideas and her
absence is not missed.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Re: Recreation Director
9:58 pm edt
Mr. Motta Runs eleven adult programs out of the recreation center. He also runs
multiple programs for children
in Provincetown. The programs are EASILY
researchable on Provincetowns website. He earns every dime of his
every day and is passionately involved in the Provincetown community. He is a
is open to any suggestion to enrich the towns culture through
the recreation department. He truly is a passionate
contributor to Provincetown
and I have seen his good work. If you have questions about him I urge you to go
have one conversation with Mr. Brandon Motta at the recreation dept. Your
opinion will change quickly.
He does everything he can with the budget that he
is allotted each year.
Re: Affordable Housing Slight of Hand
4:07 pm edt
Yes,you are correct about ptown being slick and upscale,
And ptown is not the first community ruin by condo craziness.
They came,they bought and like other towns,they changed it to
Fit themselves. How sad for ptown.
Hiring a New Town Manager
4:05 pm edt
Looks like we're well on our way to hiring another crappy town
manager. Whose brilliant idea was it to put a former
library trustee in charge
of the search committee? Has ANYONE been paying attention to that fiasco? Why
don't you just ask lyn Kratz and Mick Rudd to choose the new TM? They'll
probably choose and
then we can get right down to the business of
Adult Programs at Rec Department
12:51 pm edt
Go to the Recreation Department tab on the town website, then click Adult
Programs. If you can
read you will see there are quite a few programs listed
Affording Nice Things
12:49 pm edt
If you do not spend your money on frivolous things like cigarettes, alcohol, gas
gazing vehicles, you can afford
to nice things and go places. If you spend your
spare time working side jobs or producing art instead of worrying
about how or
why someone else is getting by you can obtain extra money, or barter, or look
Affordable Housing Slight of Hand
11:54 am edt
How is that these folks living here for years and taking trips hither and yon
and paying their rent and going
out and about--and suddenly are eligible for
People want to live here and they have a
right to live here and if they are able
to buy a condo and make Provincetown a part of their life, more power to them.
The powers that be CAN NEVER "un-condo" Provincetown. You can't forbid people
from turning the multi-family
homn affordable unit ores into condos either. You
can't tell people to make a unit a section 8 unit or to rent below
The tax breaks are a joke. You want property owners to take a hit and to rent
rate. More and more may go summer only after hearing how some
winter rentals were wrecked by people who stayed at some
establishments over the
winter. The police were called, apartments were ruined etc.
If you only build low
income housing--how are these people going to keep the
economy going? Paying over ten dollars for a cocktail? $25 for
a pizza? Paying
$80.00 each to go out for a date night dinner at one of the upscale restaurants?
has become upscale and gentrified and you can't undo it. You can't
take a cut worm that has turned into a butterfly
and turn it back into a cut
You can't take our Provincetown and turn it back into the funky place
parents talk about. It is sleek and chic and upscale.
Re: Theme Weeks
11:50 am edt
I agree with previous posters, theme weeks should not be promoted in
July or August, save Carnival. The town as
a whole was subjected to a lot of
inappropriate behavior with bear week. Now comes family week, why really why?
The VSB should not allow a business owner to vote on grant funding for events
that directly benefit his establishment,
more so than any other place in town.
Route 6 - Shankpainter Intersection
11:48 am edt
Yesterday , at Rte.6 & Shankpainted, there was almost
an accident , because Hardley anyone stops at the stop
sign. I think the police
should watch this intersection. Very dangerous situation.
Re: Recreation Director
11:47 am edt
"Mr Motta does an excellent job for the children and adults in the
enlighten me about the excellent things Mr. Motta does for the
adults in this town, please.
Re: Carrie Turner
11:45 am edt
"A Provincetown citizen, parent and proud supporter of the Provincetown
"This from a former die-hard member of the school board who said THE HIGH SCHOOL
WILL NEVER CLOSE.
Look how THAT ended up."
Ha ha ha, this is comical, I have known Carrie for years and she
was NEVER on
any school board, and whose daughter was in the last graduating class at PHS.
She never said the
high school would never close. Sign your name next time
so people can see who is spreading lies. The only thing I know Carrie to be a
die hard fan of is
her children and the truth. Wrong Carrie perhaps? Very nice
of you to ASSUME you know what you are talking about. haha
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Re: School Committee
11:09 pm edt
I do not remember a Carrie Turner on school committee. I remember a Carrie
Notaro and a Kerry Adams. Does
anyone ever fact check on here?
That being said Mr Motta does an excellent job for the children and adults in
Affordable Housing Recipients
11:08 pm edt
By the time the affordable housing gets built, the main beneficiaries of this
housing will be the growing children
of the summer workers who now live here
They live together in a house so they have a cheap rent,
work more than one job
so they are sacking away money and bringing their kids here to live too.
road, it is these kids who will be living in the affordable housing.
Provincetown High School
11:06 pm edt
Does anyone know why a private landscaper mows the high school lawn?
Why doesnt the DPW do it?
Re: Theme Weeks - Bears
11:04 pm edt
"Re: They are here to have fun and they are much nicer and more
intelligent than the average tourists."
Not to mention small minded mean spirited townies.
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