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Article 16A--Finance Committee (Adopted 5/12/07; effective 9/24/07)

Section 1.  The Finance Committee shall have all duties and powers given to it under Massachusetts General Laws and the Town of Becket By-Laws, including but not limited to MGL Chapter 39, Section16.

Section 2.  The Finance Committee shall consider any and all municipal questions for the purpose of making reports or recommendations to the town.  It shall be the duty of the committee to investigate all proposals in the articles of the warrant for any town meeting that shall in any way affect the finances of the town and to recommend to the town at the time of said meeting a course of action thereon, and in general to make recommendations to the town in regard to any financial business of the town.  The committee shall make recommendations on each warrant article involving an appropriation.  The committee may or may not endorse warrant articles, as it deems appropriate, where there is no appropriation requested.

Section 3.  The committee shall have the authority to vote transfers from the Reserve Fund per MGL Chapter 40, Section 6.  The Treasurer and the Town Accountant are to be notified of any action or transfer of fund requests.

Section 4.  The Committee shall annually elect its own chairman, clerk and other necessary officers.  All vacancies in the membership shall be filled by a majority vote of the combined Select Board and Finance Committee; the term to be until the next election.

Section 5.  The Finance Committee shall report annually in the Town Report, the financial condition of the town.

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