REGISTRATION OPEN: 2021 Budget & Finance Virtual Workshop

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

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

Thank you to our sponsor, Municipal Technology Systems.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Registration Fee: $70.00

The workshop will be held virtually.  To provide the best experience for you, we will be using an online event software platform called WhovaWhova enables active participation and interaction among attendees and speakers and provides up-to-date information, personalized agendas, electronic handouts, messages, a community board all at your fingertips. 

Attendees will receive an electronic copy of the publication, The 2020 Basic Law of Budgeting: A Guide for Towns, Village Districts and School Districts and 2021 Supplement. Additional materials such as the PowerPoint presentation will also be distributed electronically. No print outs of the materials or hard copy of the publication will be provided.

Pre-registration and payment is required.  If you register but cannot attend, a recording of the workshop will be provided as long as payment has been received.


Questions? Please contact Registrations at 603-230-3350 or



Fundamentals of the Municipal Budget Process

Using 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, No-Means-No, duties of official budget committees, disallowed appropriations, special budget requirements under the SB 2 process (official ballot voting) including recent law changes, and other topics.  This session is a must for members of governing bodies, budget committees, and other local officials involved in the budget process.

Presented by: Stephen Buckley, NHMA Legal Services Counsel
Natch Greyes, NHMA Municipal Services Counsel

How to Use Capital Reserves, Trust Funds and Other Non-Lapsing Appropriations

How to successfully use capital reserves, trust funds and non-lapsing appropriations to municipal advantage.  This workshop will cover how to properly use capital reserves, non-capital reserves, expendable trusts, revolving funds, special revenue fund, gifts and trusts and unanticipated revenue (RSA 31:95-b).

Presented by: Bruce K. Kneuer, NH Department of Revenue Administration
Gordon B. Graham, Esquire; Soule, Leslie, Kidder, Sayward & Loughman

Using the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to Benefit Your Community

An overview of how to get the most out of ARPA for your community.  Eligible Uses for ARPA Funds and Compliance and Reporting Highlights.  

 Presented by: Hillary Thompson, Guidehouse
Katherine Heck, NHMA Government Finance Advisor

Property Taxes and State Aid to Municipalities

The final session of the day will explain the property tax rate setting process, including how to estimate budgetary impacts on the property tax rate for your municipality.  Municipal funding included in the biennial state budget will be reviewed along with the history and trends of state aid to municipalities.

Presented by: Katherine Heck, NHMA Government Finance Advisor
Margaret Byrnes, NHMA Executive Director

Questions? Call 603.224.7447 or email

Register online at under Calendar of Events