[HISTORY: Adopted by the Annual Town Meeting of the Town of Harvard 5-4-2019 by Art. 29. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The budget process will start no less than eight months prior to the date of the Annual Town Meeting as set by the Select Board.
Departments, boards, and committees shall submit their budget requests, on forms approved by the Finance Committee, no later than two months after the start date of the budget process.
The Finance Committee must provide an initial budget roll-up to the Select Board within a month after receipt of the budgets from the various departments, boards and committees.
All financial warrant articles must be submitted to the Finance Committee and Select Board no later than three months prior to the Annual Town Meeting.
The Finance Committee shall submit its budget recommendation to the Select Board no less than 60 days prior to the date of the Annual Town Meeting.
The Select Board shall submit its recommended budget to the Finance Committee no less than 35 days prior to Town Meeting for inclusion in the warrant booklet.
[Added 10-28-2019 STM by Art. 7]
Following the conclusion of the October 28, 2019 Special Town Meeting, any warrant article approved by any subsequent Town Meeting and authorizing funding for any purpose, shall, after a period of three years has elapsed from the effective date of the original authorization, automatically terminate the funding authorization for further expenditure, and any remaining balance in the appropriation shall be returned to the original funding source without further action by Town Meeting. The provisions of this section shall not apply to any Town Meeting vote involving an Enterprise Fund, an authorization for borrowing, any appropriation authorized under a vote which clearly specifies an exemption from this section or a different timetable, a vote granting an extension of time to expend the authorized fund or an exemption to any previously voted funding authorization.