The Massachusetts Municipal Councillors’ Association held a webinar on municipal budgeting on May 13.

Framingham Chief Operating Officer Thatcher Kezer gave an overview of how city budgets are developed and debated. He discussed a typical process, from working with department heads on workable budget requests, through making cuts to the budget, to final approval.

Watertown Councillor and municipal attorney John Gannon highlighted the differences in operating in a town manager/council form of government, which more than a dozen communities have.

MMCA President and North Adams Councillor Lisa Blackmer moderated the webinar, which had more than 60 participants.

Mass. General Law budgeting reference sheet (122K PDF)