160-plus attend ATFC Annual Meeting

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More than 160 finance committee members from across the state attended the Annual Meeting of the Association of Town Finance Committees on Oct. 23 in Franklin.

The opening panel focused on health insurance costs. Melrose Mayor Rob Dolan discussed his city’s experience with the Group Insurance Commission; Cambridge Personnel Director Michael Gardner spoke about cost containment and collective bargaining; and Franklin Human Resources Director Stephanie McNeil discussed her town’s use of an insurance advisory group.

The meeting featured six educational sessions:
• New to the Finance Committee: Budgeting 101
• School Budgeting Basics
• One Town, One Team: What Is the Role of the Finance Committee?
• The “Other” Insurance
• The New Open Meeting Law
• Reducing Municipal Budgets: The Hidden Cost of Cuts

The luncheon speaker was Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Michael Widmer, who focused on the state’s fiscal climate and the foundation’s recent report about the potential impact of ballot Question 3, titled “State Finances: Heading Over a Cliff?”

ATFC members elected the association’s 2011 Governing Board during the meeting. The members are:
President, Kimberly Roy, Halifax
First Vice President, Joanne Marden, Andover
Second Vice President, Jennifer Gonzalez, Holbrook
Treasurer, Allan Tosti, Arlington
Directors: Mary McBride, Billerica; Bruce Button, Concord; Paul Joyce, Dedham; Martin Crowley, East Bridgewater; Richard Creem, Needham; Ira Miller, Sharon
Past Presidents: Pat Brusch, Belmont, and Cinder McNerney, Swampscott

Click here for handouts and presentations from the ATFC Annual Meeting

Written by MMA Senior Member Services Coord. Denise Baker