Wednesday, November 15, 2023
In Person Budget Workshop
499 Mountain Rd, Princeton MA
9:15-10:15 Massachusetts Taxpayers Assoc. – Welcome Back Director Douglas Howgate – Fiscal picture of the commonwealth, preview of 2024/2025 budget, update on demographics and the workforce and insight into the Tax Relief Bill.
10:30-11:00 National GFOA Budget Award – What's the big deal? Who's getting this award in MA? Who are the people reviewing these documents, what are the award requirements and how does meeting these requirements legitimize the budget process. Speakers: Mark & Matthew Abrahams (Mark was a previous GFOA Budget Award Reviewer)
11:00-12:00 Budget Tools – Presenters from three different cities/towns will showcase their budgets, highlighting the software used to produce data, graphs and narratives. Speakers: Erin Taylor, Budget Director, City of Worcester, Michael Boynton, Town Manager Town of Medway.
12:30-1:30 Interactive Working Session – Learn from our leading expert Speaker Sandy Pooler (Newly retired Town Manager/Finance Director from the Town of Arlington)
(1) How to forecast budget data (inflation, negotiations etc.)
(2) Costing out new programs
(3) Integrating grants and the "budget cliff"
(4) Communication and engagement
Registration Fee is $50, Register online and send a check to Arti Mehta, bring a check to the meeting or pay with a credit card online:
P.O. Box 102
Sharon, MA 02067