Coming up with budget proposals to bring to Town Meeting each April has often been a long, drawn-out, process: endless meetings, haggling, revision after revision. This year, selectmen hope to streamline the process by giving more budgeting authority to new Town Administrator Mark Purple.
Reports the Metrowest Daily News:
Town officials Monday planned to have less involvement in preparation of the budget this year, agreeing to let new Town Administrator Mark Purple assume more responsibility.
“That’s why he’s making the big bucks,” selectmen Chairman John Rooney said with a chuckle.
Rooney said he’s confident Purple’s hire and evolving job responsibilities will lead to a smoother process in time.
The town is in the midst of increasing Purple’s authority through a bylaw, and Rooney suggested that Purple have a larger role in budgeting than his predecessor as a sort of “dry run.”
Will it work? As someone who has attended her fair share of budget meetings, I certainly hope so! Read more details in this article by the MWDN.