City Council Unanimously Votes To Have Framingham Mayor Hold Financial Summit By March 13

FRAMINGHAM – Tuesday night, the 11-member City Council voted unanimously to have Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer convene a financial summit on or before March 13, 2018.

Originally, the City Council wanted the summit to be held on or before March 6, but Mayor Spicer said the City’s Chief Financial Officer had a vacation planned and asked if the deadline could be extended a week. The City Council agreed.

The summit is expected to include both municipal and school leaders.

City Council Chair Dennis Giombetti said the Council wanted the summit to hear a financial overview on the City of Framingham, including projected revenue and projected expenses for Fiscal Year 2019.

The summit would allow the City Council, the School Committee and the community to have a better understand of the numbers, said Giombetti, last night.

 Under the new city form of government, the Mayor must submit to the Council, 60 days before the start of the fiscal year, a proposed operating budget along with a budget message and supporting documents.

The fiscal year begins on July 1, 2018.

Previously, Framingham Selectmen submitted a budget to Framingham Town Meeting to approve in May, under the town form of government. And the Framingham School Committee submitted a budget to Town Meeting to approve in May, also.

Now, the City of Framingham School Committee will submit a budget to the Mayor, to be included in her budget to submit to the 11-member City Council.

Per the Charter, the “budget message of the Mayor shall explain the budget for all municipal agencies both in fiscal terms and in terms of work programs. It shall outline proposed financial policies of the municipality for the ensuing fiscal year, describe important features of the budget, indicate any major variations from the current fiscal year in financial policies, expenditures and revenues together with the reasons for these changes, summarize the municipality’s debt position and include other material that the Mayor considers desirable, or that may be required by the provisions of a municipal ordinance.”

The Mayor’s proposed budget shall “show in detail all estimated income from the proposed property tax levy and from all other sources and all proposed expenditures, including debt service, for the fiscal year. The budget shall be arranged to show the actual income and expenditures for the previous three fiscal years and the estimated income and expenditures for the current and ensuing fiscal years.”

Per the Charter, a public hearing shall be held by the City Council subcommittee on Finance, chaired by at-large City Councilor George King. The Finance subcommittee
shall hold a public hearing on the proposed operating budget, providing no less than 10 days. That subcommittee will thoroughly review the budget making a presentation and recommendation to the full council within 21 days.

The Council shall consider the budget in open public meetings after the Mayor and Finance subcommittee make presentations to the full council.

 The Council may require the Mayor, or any other municipal agency, to furnish such additional information as it may consider necessary to assist in its review and consideration of the proposed operating budget.

Per the Charter, the Council “shall adopt the budget, with or without amendments, within 21 days after the day the proposed budget was reported out by its Finance
subcommittee.”

The Council “may delete or decrease any programs or amounts except expenditures required by law, or for debt service, but, the Council shall have no authority to add programs or increase amounts except as provided by the general laws,” per the Charter.

“If the Council fails to take any action with respect to any item in the proposed budget within the 21-day period that amount shall, without any action by the council, become a
part of the appropriations for the ensuing fiscal year and shall be available for the purposes specified,” according to the Charter.

The vote to approve the budget, or any amendments thereto, shall be on a roll call vote, as required by the Charter.

 

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: editor@FraminghamSource.com Phone: 508-315-7176

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