While attending a selectmen meeting last night, Tuesday, April 24, 2017, it was stated that the intent of the selectmen (one option) is to go into Town meeting and propose a spending plan (budget) in deficit from the start. It is a proposed transfer from a fund that will not have enough money in it at the time of the vote to cover said transfer. It was stated that the DOR is okay with this. The alternative option is to reduce a line item by the $100,000.00 and fill that line back in in a fall Town meeting. The question is, is it legal to propose an un-balanced budget or one that is in deficit knowingly from the start? Talking of this on the same night after just being told from an auditor of all the things that have been done incorrectly in Templeton including back in 2009/2010 when the Town had a bond rating, had all financials completed and turned in on time or early and a CPA doing it's books, well, this seems like a dumb thing to do, quite frankly. I do not expect an answer but I do want someone outside of the Springfield office knowing of these things.
Above is one of many emails sent to state officials trying to make them aware of things in Templeton finance and having the information come from someone other than in the selectmen's office. Hopefully resulting in the DOR having information from more than one source so as to compare notes, in a manner of speaking.
posted by Jeff Bennett