AN ACT RELATIVE TO THE PROVISION OF NOTICE OF THE AVAILABILITY OF THE ANNUAL FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORT.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same as follows:
Chapter 9 of the charter of the town of North Andover, which is on file in the office of the archivist of the commonwealth as provided by section 12 of chapter 43B of the General Laws, is hereby amended by striking out section 9-6-1 and inserting in place thereof the following section:-
9-6-1 The finance committee shall conduct at least 1 public hearing on the proposed budget and capital improvements plan and shall issue printed recommendations, if the recommendations are available, and detailed explanations on all financial articles, including the operating budget and the capital improvements plan in an annual finance committee report. This report shall be made available to all residents of the town at least 21 days prior to the annual town meeting, at town hall, at Stevens memorial library, on the town of North Andover website and, by request, by e-mail and United States mail. Notice of availability shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation. Copies of the annual finance committee report shall also be made available at the annual town meeting. In preparing its recommendations, the committee may require the town manager, any town division, department, office, board, commission or committee to furnish it with appropriate financial reports and budgetary information.