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SUSTAINABLE BUDGET STUDY COMMITTEE

Number of Members

Method of Selection

Length of Term

Remuneration

9

Appointed

1 Year(s)

None

During recent budget cycles, it appears that a limited number of areas are driving the majority of the Town of Groton’s Municipal Spending Growth.  If the Town does not identify unsustainable growth, it will diminish the Town’s ability to fund other Municipal and Educational Needs.  Based on a recommendation of the Finance Committee, the Board of Selectmen has created a Study Committee to determine what actions can be taken to ensure sustainable Municipal Budget Growth.

A.  CHARGE

The Sustainable Budget Study Committee shall be established for the purpose of identifying and understanding the underlying causes of growth in Groton’s Municipal Operating Budget, as well as, making recommendations on specific actions that can be taken to ensure the Town is on a sustainable financial path.  The Committee’s work should include, but not be limited to the following:

1.         Identify specific budget growth areas that are increasing in a non-sustainable manner.

2.         Analyze non-sustainable budget growth areas to determine underlying causes.

3.         Benchmark municipal budget growth against comparable Towns.

4.         Develop a list of potential actions prioritized on size and duration of financial impact, ability of Town to adopt and any potential risks to successful implementation.

5.         Deliver a final report to the Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee outlining findings and recommendations.

The Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee should be consulted regularly for advice and progress updates.  The Committee should seek out citizens, professional individuals or organizations with the skills and knowledge required to complete its work.  The Committee shall endeavor to bring its recommendations to the Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee and the Town’s Finance Team prior to the start of the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Cycle.

B.  CONDUCT

All meetings are to be held in a public location, properly posted and open to the public in accordance with the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law.  Minutes of each meeting shall be prepared and approved by the Committee within thirty (30) days of any meeting and distributed to the Town Clerk.

C.  MEMBERSHIP

Committee Members:  The Committee shall consist of nine (9) members appointed by the Board of Selectmen as follows:

One Member of the Board of Selectmen

One Member of the Finance Committee

One Member of the Personnel Board

One Member of the Groton Dunstable Regional School Committee

Two Residents of the Town of Groton

Town Manager

Town Accountant

Town Treasurer/Tax Collector

Appointing Authority

Board of Selectmen

Legal Authority

Local:

Appointed under authority of Section 3-2 of the Town of Groton Charter.



Contact Information
Email selectmen@townofgroton.org Members 9
Phone 978-448-1111 Selection Appointed
Fax 979-448-1115 Term 1 year
Office Town Hall, 173 Main St Remuneration None
Meeting @ Meeting location
Website
Hours

Members
Appointed by: Board of Selectmen
MemberRoleTerm StartTerm End
Kevin Brogan Vice-Chair 05/03/2016 06/30/2017
Patricia Dufresne Member 05/03/2016 06/30/2017
Kevin Forsmo Chair 05/03/2016 06/30/2017
Mark Haddad Clerk 05/03/2016 06/30/2017
Michael Hartnett Member 05/03/2016 06/30/2017
Alison Manugian Member 05/03/2016 06/30/2017
John, "Jack" G. Petropoulos Member 05/03/2016 06/30/2017
Arthur Prest Member 05/03/2016 06/30/2017
Bud Robertson Member 05/03/2016 06/30/2017