BOLTON – Selectmen’s board members on Tuesday expressed support for a proposal to eliminate the finance board in its current form and replace it with a committee comprising selected members and school board members.
The Charter Review Committee has been appointed by the Board of Directors of Selectmen more a year ago to review a list of possible changes to the city charter. The group began its work in January 2020 and finalized its recommendations.
On Tuesday, committee members met with Selectmen’s board of directors and a public hearing has been set for Tuesday, March 23.
Perhaps the most notable of the proposed changes is the abolition of the Finance Board, which would be replaced by a Finance Committee composed of two members of the Selectmen Council – including the first selectman or their representative – two members of the Education Council, and three members elected from the public for staggered four-year terms.
Members of the Charter Review Board and Selectmen’s Board of Directors expressed their support for the change at Tuesday’s meeting.
Selectman Michael Eremita said the main objective of the Finance Council was to set the tax rate. He said a more an informed body could be a good thing for the budget process.
“This one (the board) doesn’t perform a real function as it currently is, other than saying, ‘I think we should take …
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