Finance Committee


The Finance Committee consists of seven members appointed by the Town Moderator. They hold office for three-year overlapping terms and may be reappointed for successive terms.

The primary responsibility of the Finance Committee is the recommendation of action on the annual Town budget and all other municipal questions to Town Meeting. The Finance Committee works closely with the Assessor's Office to determine projected revenues of the Town from local and State sources, including the "cherry sheet" that records state aid formats for the Town and the schools. On the basis of that information, the Finance Committee develops budgetary guidelines for all Town Departments to be used in the preparation of departmental budgets. Each Department has a FinCom liaison who consults with the Department on the budgetary process. Departmental budgets are sent to the Finance Committee for review and approval. When accepted by the FinCom, the departmental budget is included in the overall Town budget. The FinCom recommends action on the Town budget to Town Meeting.

The total budget includes items other than Departmental budgets, including debt service, the Town's share of regional school budgets, including Masconomet, and North Shore Technical High School, and allocations for other funds, including:

  • Reserve Fund - An appropriation not exceeding five percent of the tax levy of the preceding year. The Reserve fund is used for extraordinary or unforeseen expenditures. Transfers from this fund are approved by the Finance Committee.
  • Stabilization Fund - A special account, invested until used, which provides funds for any use approved by a two thirds vote of the Town Meeting.
  • Overlay Reserve Fund - An appropriation not exceeding five percent of the tax levy, used by the assessors in excess of appropriations and other charges to cover abatement grants, statutory exemptions and to avoid fractions when the tax rate is set. At the end of the fiscal year, any unused overlay funds revert to the General Fund.

The Finance Committee does not prepare Department budgets or negotiate with the various unions representing Town employees. School Committees are responsible for teacher contracts and the Selectmen are responsible for all other union negotiations. Non-union wages and salaries are recommended by the Town Administrator in her capacity as the Town's Personnel Director.

The Finance Committee is responsible for reviewing all warrant articles for Annual and Special Town Meetings and recommending action on them. The FinCom's recommendations relative to all warrant articles appear in the printed warrants for Annual or Special Town Meetings.


Karen Dow


Jon Guido


Che Elwell


Eric Menzer


Dana Warren


Louis Ross


Michael Hartmann