Welcome, Finance Committee Members!
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The Association of Town Finance Committees was founded in 1934 and joined the Massachusetts Municipal Association as an affiliate group in 1979. The ATFC publishes The Finance Committee Handbook, organizes educational and professional meetings for finance committee members, and provides, through its affiliation with the MMA, an avenue for member towns and their committee members to influence state government policies that affect municipalities.
ATFC members account for most of the state’s 294 towns. The goal of the association is to have all eligible Massachusetts town finance committees as members. Membership entitles finance committees to the digital copy of the Massachusetts Finance Committee Handbook, a member rate to attend the ATFC Annual Meetng, and free trainings during the year. To inquire about membership, contact Denise Baker at the MMA at (617) 426-7272, ext. 105.
The ATFC’s Governing Board meets several times throughout the year to determine the policy and activities of the ATFC. The Governing Board is made up of 13 members: four elected officers, six directors, and three past presidents. The ATFC president and first vice president also serve on the MMA Board of Directors.
President: Ira Miller, Sharon
First vice president: Mary McBride, Billerica
Second vice president: Cinder McNerney, Swampscott
Treasurer: Allan Tosti, Arlington
Directors: Brian Boyle, Bolton; Carolyn Brennan, Wilbraham; Mark Love, Paxton; Christine Muir, Dunstable; Mary Jane Mastrangelo, Bourne; John Trickey, Pelham
Past presidents: Jennifer Gonzalez, Holbrook; Joanne Marden, Andover
ATFC Mission Statement
Town Meeting is a centuries-old practice but yet a modern forum for local government legislation in New England. A local Finance Committee, by tradition and statute, is a select group of citizens that advise each Town Meeting on the probity, practicality and value of any of the matters before the Meeting. The Association of Town Finance Committees is a statewide Massachusetts organization dedicated to enhancing the role of finance committees in local government through professional standards, education programs and inter-town networking.
The Association of Town Finance Committees was founded by Danforth Comins of Brookline, who served as its executive secretary from 1944 to 1959. Stuart DeBard of Hingham served in that role from 1960 to 1994. Since 1994, the MMA has provided administrative and professional support to the ATFC.
Finance Committee Handbook
The Finance Committee Handbook is designed to assist all members of finance committees. It also provides useful information to other local officials who are involved in municipal finance and budget matters. The handbook covers complex issues as well as the basic roles and responsibilities of finance committee members.
In October 2017, the ATFC released the Finance Committee Handbook in digital form, downloadable from the MMA website. The new edition includes many updates that reflect passage of the Municipal Modernization Act in 2016.
Many local, state and business financial experts have contributed to the Finance Committee Handbook. ATFC Past President Allan Tosti serves as the managing editor of the handbook and MMA Senior Member Services Coordinator Denise Baker serves as the coordinator for the book.
All ATFC members may receive a link to download the handbook for free by contacting the MMA. The cost for nonmembers for access to the handbook is $35. The link can be obtained by calling Jessica Obasohan at the MMA at (800) 882-1498.
• Link to Youtube for video of May 2017 ATFC regional seminar
• Click here for handouts from 2017 ATFC Annual Meeting
• For information about upcoming ATFC meetings, see the MMA Events calendar.
Here are some popular features on the MMA website:
- The Local Aid and Finance area of the Resource Library: documents about the state budget, municipal finance rules and guidelines, Proposition 2 1/2, budgeting, and more
- Letters to State Leaders: MMA letters and testimony advocating for the interests of local government on key issues
- Municipal Marketplace: Vendors who specialize in municipal products and services, municipal job ads, and RFPs
- Community Corner: stories about what's happening in other cities and towns, including Mass Innovations from The Beacon
Contact the ATFC
For more information about the Association of Town Finance Committees, contact Senior Member Services Coordinator Denise Baker at the MMA. Or use our convenient form to send a message to her directly.