New Hampshire Municipal Association
New Hampshire Municipal Association


Budget and Finance Workshop (Attitash Grand Summit Hotel, Bartlett, NH)

Event Date: 26 September, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Contact: Ashley Monier
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 800.852.3358 ext. 3350

The Budget and Finance Workshop is designed for selectmen, budget committee members, town managers and administrators, finance staff and other officials involved in the town or school budget process.

Attendees will receive the 2017 edition of The Basic Law of Budgeting: A Guide for Towns, Village Districts and School Districts.  

Pre-registration is required. If you register and do not attend, you will be charged $90 to cover the cost of meals, materials and administrative processing.

Presentations include:

Understanding the Municipal Budget Process
Using the 2017 edition of NHMA’s Basic Law of Budgeting as a guide, this full-morning session will address all aspects of the municipal budget process focusing on appropriations, gross-basis budgeting, separate vs. special warrant articles, multi-year contracts, transfers, lapses, spending limitations, duties of official budget committees, special budget requirements under the SB 2 process (official ballot voting), and other topics. This session is a must for members of governing bodies, budget committees, and other local officials involved in the budget process. Ample time will be provided for questions.

Presented by:
Stephen C. Buckley, Legal Services Counsel, NH Municipal Association
Margaret M.L. Byrnes, Staff Attorney, NH Municipal Association

How to Finance Municipal Budgets
This session will address the numerous ways to finance the municipal budget including user fees, reserve and special revenue funds, unanticipated revenue, use of fund balance, capital improvement plans, long-term debt, and of course property taxation. The importance of multi-year planning will be explained along with the process to estimate budgetary impacts on the property tax rate.

Presented by:
Stephen C. Buckley, Legal Services Counsel, NH Municipal Association
Barbara T. Reid, Government Finance Advisor, NH Municipal Association

Top Tips for Successful Budgeting
This panel of seasoned finance officials will share their tips for a successful budget process – tried and true steps to help selectmen, budget committee members, city/town councilors, and voters understand the choices, impact and effect of budgetary decisions. While not as humorous as some of David Lettermen’s “Top 10” lists, this session will nevertheless send you home with new ideas to help develop your budget proposal and to convey to decision-makers at all levels the most important aspects of your budget message.

Sponsored by: NH Government Finance Officers Association
Presented by:
Judie Belanger, Director of Finance and Administration, City of Portsmouth
Betsy McClain, Director of Administrative Services, Town of Hanover
Judie Milner, Finance Director, City of Franklin

2018/2019 State Budget - What's In (or Out) for Cities and Towns?
This session will review the municipal funding that is in and out of the biennial state operating budget that took effect July 1, 2017, as well as municipal funding that was provided in separate legislation outside the budget. The history and recent trends of state aid to municipalities will be highlighted.

Presented by:
Barbara T. Reid, Government Finance Advisor, NH Municipal Association

Cost is $90.  Continental breakfast and lunch provided.  




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