Thursday - October 22, 2020
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Association of Town Finance Committees will hold its Annual Meeting virtually this fall, beginning on Oct. 22 and continuing on Oct. 29 and Nov. 12, all on Zoom.

The kick-off meeting, scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m., will include an ATFC business meeting, a legislative update from MMA Legislative Director John Robertson, and an hourlong session titled Budgeting 101, presented by Northborough Town Administrator John Coderre.

On Oct. 29, Division of Local Services Bureau Chiefs along with Senior Deputy Commissioner Sean Cronin will give an overview of their functions and offer best practices targeted at finance committee members.

The Nov. 12 session will focus on schools and education.

The second and third sessions will run from 7 to 8:15 p.m.

Full three-day agenda (61K PDF)

The cost is $25 for the three-webinar series. For those who can’t watch a session live, viewing access will be provided following the presentation.

An email with details and a registration link was sent to all finance committee chairs. Any interested local official is also welcome to participate.

Online registration for this event has closed. You may register for the webinar series by contacting Denise Baker at

If you are registering someone other than yourself for this event, please provide that individual’s email address when completing the form. A Zoom meeting link will be sent to all registrants the day of each session.


Session 1: All the Nuts and Bolts of the Budgeting Process
October 22, 2020, 7-8:30 p.m.

7-7:10 p.m.
Welcome, Business Meeting
Brian Boyle, ATFC President and Bolton Advisory Committee

7:10-7:30 p.m.
MMA Budget and Legislative Update
John Robertson, MMA Legislative Director

7:30-8:30 p.m.
Budgeting and Finance
John Coderre, Northborough Town Administrator
This session will cover the budgeting process, from beginning to end. It will include tips on budget development, multiyear forecasting, capital planning, setting fiscal policies, and compliance with all Massachusetts General Laws, including the open meeting law. Coderre, a frequent speaker to the association, will provide clear and practical guidance that attendees can implement in their own communities.

MMA Senior Member Services Coordinator Denise Baker,
Association of Town Finance Committees