Forum on revising town’s financial systems


Local officials are holding a public forum to review recommendations on revamping the town’s financial operations, including the elimination of its elected treasurer and tax collector position, at 7 p.m. Dec. 10. The Town Hall meeting will cover the findings of the Coordinated Finance Stakeholder Group, which was formed earlier this year after a review of the town’s systems was completed by the state Department of Revenue, and allow residents to comment on the group’s proposals. The state agency had been asked by the town to provide the analysis, including the possible consolidation of municipal and school financial management operations. The stakeholder group, which includes town and school officials, has supported the state’s recommendations on changing the treasurer’s position, as well as establishing a coordinated finance department under the direction of the deputy town manager, while continuing to study the potential merger of municipal and school operations. The hiring processes for several positions, such as the comptroller and the director of assessments, would also be changed under the stakeholder group’s recommendations. Its full report can be found on the town’s website, www.arlingtonma.gov.  

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