Thursday - October 29, 2020
7:00 pm – 8:15 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 2: How Can DLS Help You to Succeed?
October 29, 2020, 7-8:15 p.m.

Overview and Best Practices from the Division of Local Services
• Sean Cronin, Senior Deputy Commissioner (moderator)
• Zack Blake, Chief of the Technical Assistance Bureau
• Joanne Graziano, Chief of the Local Assessment Bureau
• MJ Handy, Chief of the Bureau of Accounts
The Division of Local Services serves an array of functions and offers services and technical assistance to all local officials, including finance committees. Everyone knows they set your tax rate, but there is so much more. Panelists will provide an overview of specific DLS functions as they relate to finance committee members. Deputy Commissioner Cronin will facilitate the discussion and highlight the important role finance committees play in the municipal budget process.

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