budget process

Understanding the Math, Dispelling the Myths

This article, written by Barbara Reid, then NHMA Government Finance Advisor, first appeared in Town and City magazine in March 2013.  It has been updated by Katherine Heck, NHMA Government Finance Advisor, where necessary. 

2023 Budget & Finance Workshop

This workshop is a must for members of governing bodies, budget committees, and other local officials involved in the budget process.

Derryfield Country Club, Manchester - September 12, 2023
Littleton Opera House, Littleton – September 19, 2023

Program Agenda

9:00 am Introduction

Presented by Margaret Byrnes, NHMA Executive Director

9:05 am – 10:30 am Fundamentals of the Municipal Budget Process

Executive Director Message

Welcome to summer! We kick off the summer with the end of the legislative session—and, in record breaking fashion--a state budget, which passed both the Senate and the House without going to a committee conference, and was signed by the governor on June 20.

Informational Webinar on New Federal Incentives for Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy

 Join us for this informational session hosted by the office of U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen and the New Hampshire Municipal Association (NHMA) to learn more about new federal incentives for energy efficiency and clean energy in the Inflation Reduction Act that was signed into law in August 2022.

Join your host, NHMA's Government Finance Advisor Katherine Heck, and Senator Shaheen's team of experts who will review the tax incentives, rebates and other investments to build a cleaner energy economy and lower energy costs for families, business and communities.

LEGAL Q&A: That Time of Year Again: Common Budgeting FAQs

The information contained in this article is not intended as legal advice and may no longer be accurate due to changes in the law. Consult NHMA’s legal services or your municipal attorney.

Default Budgets & How They Work Webinar

Default budgets are a particularly complicated area of municipal finance that have widespread impacts in official ballot (“SB2”) towns and school districts.

2022 Budget & Finance Workshop

The Budget and Finance workshop is targeted to municipal officials and employees involved in the budgeting process, including members of governing bodies and budget committees, town managers, administrators, and finance staff.


9:00 am – Welcome Remarks
Margaret Byrnes, Executive Director, NH Municipal Association

2022 Town & School Moderators (SB 2) Workshop

8:30 am           Registration and Continental Breakfast 

Budgeting for Impact: Factoring Inflation into the Budget Process Webinar

Today’s high and ever-increasing inflation rate may create uncertainty and have serious implications for municipal revenue and expenditures forecasting as local governments are under considerable pressure to relate their spending and taxation levels to cost inflation.