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Chapter 425 AN ACT AMENDING THE CHARTER OF THE CITY KNOWN AS THE TOWN OF GREENFIELD RELATIVE TO THE BUDGET REVIEW PROCESS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same as follows:

The charter of the city known as the town of Greenfield, which is on file in the office of the archivist of the commonwealth as provided in section 12 of chapter 43B of the General Laws, is hereby amended by striking out section 5-6 and inserting in place thereof the following section:-

SECTION 5-6: ACTION ON THE BUDGET

(a) Review - The town council shall consider, in open public meetings, the detailed expenditures proposed for each town agency and may confer with representatives of each such agency in connection with its review and consideration. The town council may require the mayor or any other town agency to furnish it with such additional information as it may deem necessary to assist it in its review and consideration of the proposed operating budget.

(b) Public Hearing - Not less than 5 days before it is scheduled to vote on its final budget request, the town council shall publish a summary of the proposed budget stating the time and place in which a public hearing on the proposed operating budget as submitted by the mayor will be held.

(c) Action by Town Council - The town council shall adopt the budget, with or without amendments, within 60 days after it receives the proposed budget. In amending the budget, the town council may increase or decrease amounts and expenditures as allowed under section 32 of chapter 44 of the General Laws. If the town council fails to take any action with respect to any item in the proposed budget within 60 days after it receives the proposed budget, such amount shall, without any action by the town council, become a part of the appropriations for the ensuing fiscal year and shall be available for the purposes specified.

Approved, January 8, 2013.


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