It was stated at last evenings Advisory Committee meeting "we should follow the law"
My question is; which one?
Templeton taxpayers are spending good money on the "codification" of their Town general by-laws. Perhaps before we go changing any more of our Town by-laws, we let that process play out and see where we stand. I do not feel it makes good sense to make more changes before we get the original mess straightened out first.
Seems like the Advisory Committee fully supported a change to the budget process; then it happened. Careful for what you wish for!
Annual Town Meeting of May 17, 2014 - Advisory Committee recommends:
ARTICLE 20 CHANGE TO THE TOWN BUDGET PROCESS
To see if the Town will vote to change Article IV “Advisory Committee,”
Section 4 of the
Town By-Laws to read:
“It shall be duty of the Town Administrator in conjunction with the BOS to consider
expenditures and develop a budget for the ensuing fiscal year of the several boards,
officers and committees of the town, as prepared by them in such form and detail as
prescribed by the Town Administrator.”; or take any other action relative thereto.
Submitted by the Board of Selectmen
Advisory Board Recommendation: No Vote: 5-0
The Advisory Board fully supports a change to the town budget process, however, the wording
and placement of this suggested by-law change ( replacing an article that deals with the
Advisory Board with text that relates strictly to the BOS and Town Administrator) does not
seem to make sense and therefore the Advisory Board cannot support the article.
Templeton General Town by-laws:
Article IV - Section 4. It shall be the duty of the Advisory Committee annually to consider the
expenditures in previous years and the estimated requirements for the ensuing
year of the several boards, officers and committees of the town, as prepared
by them in such form and detail as may be prescribed by said committee. The
said committee shall add to such statement of expenditures and estimates
another column, giving the amounts which in its opinion should be
appropriated for the ensuing year, and shall further add thereto such
explanations and suggestions relating to the proposed appropriations as it may
deem expedient, and report thereon as provided in section five of Article II.
Article II - Section 5. Warrants for Annual Town Meeting and Special Town Meetings shall be open
for a minimum of 14 days before closing and posting the warrants.
section five of article II might be a typo, as section six of article II seems to make better sense; it does not change what is in town bylaws now on the Town website.
Section 6. All articles in any warrant for a town meeting shall be referred to the Advisory
Committee for its consideration. The Selectmen after drawing any such
warrant shall transmit immediately a copy thereof to the chairman of said
committee. A public hearing shall be held, upon all such articles, unless a
public hearing by some other tribunal is required by law, and a notice of such
hearing shall be given by inserting in the local newspaper. Said committee
shall, after due consideration of the subject matter of such articles, report
thereon to the town meeting, in writing, such recommendations as it deems
best for the interests of the town and its citizens. Copies of the report of the
Advisory Committee shall be made available to the voters at least two days
before town meetings and at all town meetings.
Article III -Section 4. “It shall be duty of the Town Administrator in conjunction with the BOS to
consider expenditures and develop a budget for the ensuing fiscal year of the
several boards, officers and committees of the town, as prepared by them in
such form and detail as prescribed by the Town Administrator.”
Passed 5-16-13, Approved by A/G 8-22-13. Amended 5-19-14, Approved by