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VLCT Member - Muni Budgeting Webinar
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Session Description

Municipalities are now entering the season when the real work to finalize a proposed budget ahead of Town Meeting Day begins. This session addresses budgeting and financial management challenges, how to comply with legal requirements, and best practices for preparing the budget and explaining it to voters. An update on the American Rescue Plan Act funding process will also be provided. Live Q&A.


1. Legal Parameters of Budgeting, Spending, and Borrowing

Each year, voters must approve the municipality‚Äôs budget. This session will cover legal requirements for crafting the town meeting warning, setting the tax rate, what to do if a budget vote fails, and introduce principles of municipal budget administration.  

Speaker: Garrett Baxter, Senior Staff Attorney, VLCT Municipal Assistance Center 

2. Tips and Tricks for Surviving Budget Season

A panel of municipal finance experts and municipal officials will share tips for common issues that arise while preparing the budget and offer advice on how to best communicate with voters about often complex budgets.

Speakers: Sarah Macy, Finance Director, Essex Town and Essex Village Junction, and Owner, Collaborative Municipal Services; Mike Gilbar, former VLCT CFO; and Delsie Hoyt, Chair, West Fairlee Selectboard, and VLCT Board Member

3. ARPA Update

Each week. new information is shared about the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Funding (aka ARPA), from more details about eligible uses to the latest guidance on compliance and reporting requirements. This session will provide you with updates, helpful reminders, and access to resources to help you navigate your ARPA grant award.   

Speaker: Katie Buckley, Director, VLCT ARPA Assistance and Coordination Program

Recorded sessions reflect current applications of the law at the time of the recording. For more current information on your roles and responsibilities and for access to our models, info sheets, and FAQS, please refer to our MAC Topics Pages.Once you submit your order an invoice will be mailed to your organization. The downloadable materials, including the webinar recording and handouts from the session, will be emailed to you on receipt of payment. Please note: if you attended, or registered and paid for the live session, you have free unlimited access to these materials for one year. Email us at if you need access restored to the session materials.

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