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Town of Lexington, MA
Middlesex County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[Amended 4-24-1974 ATM by Art. 89; 5-3-1982 ATM by Art. 48]
The Town shall have a committee called the Appropriation Committee, which shall consider any and all municipal questions for the purpose of making reports or recommendations thereon to the Town. Such Committee shall consist of nine voters of sound business experience or good judgment and the Town Comptroller, who shall ex-officio be a member of the Committee but without a vote. No member of the Committee, other than the Town Comptroller, shall be a Town officer or a Town employee, other than Town meeting member, nor shall be serve on any other board, committee or commission of the Town or any subcommittee appointed by any other Town official, board, committee or commission, except that he may serve on special committees which may be created from time to time by vote of the Town meeting when such vote expressly authorizes him to so serve.
[Amended 4-24-1974 ATM by Art. 89; 3-31-1976 ATM by Art. 74]
Each member of the committee shall be appointed by the Moderator to serve for a term of three years. The term of 1/3 of the members of the Committee shall expire each year on the 30th day of June. The Moderator shall promptly appoint a successor for any member of the Committee whose term expires that year and shall, promptly after any vacancy occurs in the Committee, appoint a successor to fill that vacancy for the unexpired term of his predecessor.
[Amended 3-31-1976 ATM by Art. 74]
The Appropriation Committee shall, as soon as possible after the annual appointment of new members to the Committee has been made, meet for the purpose of organization. They shall elect from their membership a Chairman and a Secretary, who shall hold office until their successors are elected. The Secretary may receive such compensation as the Committee may fix and the Town appropriate therefor.
The Committee may from time to time make such rules and regulations with reference to their meetings and the conduct of their work as they may deem best for the interests of the Town, and they may also hold public meetings and invite any Town officer, employee, citizen or person to attend, and to give such information as he may have which will assist the Committee upon any public matter coming before it for consideration. This Committee shall be specially charged with the duty of making recommendations for the prudent management of the financial affairs of the Town and in discharge of this duty shall have access to any record of the Town relating thereto and the right to interview any officer or employee of the Town in connection therewith.
The Chairman of the Board of Selectmen shall, as soon as possible after a warrant has been drawn for a Town meeting, send a copy thereof to each member of the Committee.
The Committee shall prior to each annual Town meeting for the transaction of business prepare, publish and distribute by making copies available at the office of the Town Clerk and at Cary Memorial Library, and by mailing or otherwise distributing to each Town meeting member a review of the budget adopted by the Board of Selectmen to be considered at the Annual Town Meeting. This review will include the Committee's advice and recommendations with reference to the various appropriations of Town funds, and other municipal matters coming before such Town meeting. The Appropriation Committee shall include in its report an assessment of the budget plan based on all the data available to it concerning the next year's revenues and expenses as well as a projection for future years' revenues and expenses.
[Amended 1-26-1981 STM by Art. 10; 5-3-1993 ATM by Art. 37; 4-10-2000 ATM by Art. 22]
The Committee shall at each annual Town meeting explain such budget with its advice and recommendations and it shall also at each special Town meeting give its advice and recommendations with reference to any appropriation of the Town funds or other municipal matter coming before such special Town meeting.
[Amended 4-5-1989 ATM by Art. 48]