Friday, April 7, 2017

Templeton Board of Selectmen
Town Hall, 160 Patriots Road, East Templeton
Monday, April 10, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

1. Call the Meeting to Order

2. Pledge of Allegiance

3. Minutes~ 3.27.17

4. New Business: 
a. Action RE: Appointments
b. Action RE: Chief Bennett, Opioid Discussion
c. Action RE: Contract for CBS/Xerox
d. Action RE: FY’18 Insurance Option
e. Veterans Back Brief

5. Old Business:

a. Action RE:

6. Board & Staff Member Comments & Reports

7. Potential Request for Executive Session 

8. Adjournment

The listing of Agenda items is those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent it is permitted by law.


mmm, no more agenda item for "Public Comments" 

from Selectmen policies and procedures on the Templeton Town website: 
Agenda items normally include:
1. Reading of the Agenda
2. Public Comment
3. Town Administrator Report
4. Scheduled Business
5. Topics not Reasonably Anticipated by the Chairman 48 Hours in Advance
6. Selectman Reports/Future Agenda Items
7. Adjournment 

posted by Jeff Bennett

and yes, I copied and pasted the above information!

Sent: Friday, April 07, 2017 10:00 AM
Subject: tax levy

Attention Kathleen Colleary;

I am Jeff Bennett from Templeton, MA (yes, that Templeton) and I have a question as a member of the Templeton Advisory Committee and a resident; while I know it is legal to use the allowable tax levy with regards to the revenue section of a town budget presentation, is it improper or wrong to use or suggest that a better or more correct way to represent town revenue, is to use the actual collection rate versus what a town is actually allowed to collect. In a perfect world, any town would collect 100% of allowed property tax, but since we do not live in a perfect world, it is the opinion of the Templeton Advisory Committee that a more conservative approach is warranted and thus we suggest using the actual collected amount rather than what is simply allowed by law. I understand that sometimes a written opinion may be hard to come by, my phone # is 978-360-4634, that is my cell and usually with me 24/7. I appreciate any help given, and thank you in advance.

respectfully Jeff Bennett

and the answer is:

This is not a municipal finance law issue and therefore, the legal staff cannot provide any guidance.  It is more in the nature of a local policy or best practice for local officials to determine. You may wish to visit the Best Practices provided on our Technical Assistance Bureau’s webpage to see if there on budgeting that may be of assistance.

Bureau of Municipal Finance Law
Division of Local Services
Department of Revenue

PO Box 9569
Boston, MA 02114-9569

This e-mail response is intended to provide general information about the application of municipal tax and finance laws and Department of Revenue policies and procedures.  It is not a public written statement, as defined in 830 CMR 62C.3.1, and does not state the official position of the Department on the interpretation of the laws pertaining to local taxes and finance.  It should be considered informational only.

posted by Jeff Bennett