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    Wed, Jun 28 06:00 pm
  2. STMAgenda
                                                  Special Town Meeting 
                                       55 Main Road, Colrain, MA 01340
                                   Town Office Selectmen's room @ 7:00 PM
    Thu, Jun 29 07:00 pm
  3. Special Town Meeting 6-29-17Agenda
    Commonwealth of Massachusetts
    Special Town Meeting Warrant
    Fiscal Year 2017
    To either of the Constables of the Town of Colrain in the County of Franklin.
    In the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, you are hereby directed to notify and warn the inhabitants of said town, qualified to vote on town affairs, to meet at The Colrain Town Office, located at 55 Main Road at 7:00 PM in said town on Thursday the 29th day of June in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen, there and then to act on the following article:
     ARTICLE #1.  To see if the Town will vote to transfer from overlay surplus the sum of nineteen thousand three hundred and forty eight dollars and fifty one cents ($19,348.51) to fund a deficit in the fiscal year two thousand seventeen Winter Roads account or take any action relating thereto.
    And you are directed to serve this Warrant by posting up attested copies thereof at two usual places in said town, seven days at least, before the time of holding said meeting.
    Hereof, fail not, and make due return of this Warrant, with your doings thereon, to the town clerk, at the time and place of meeting, as aforesaid.
    Given under our hands this seventh day of June, in the year of our Lord, two thousand seventeen.
    Thu, Jun 29 07:00 pm
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Town Seal of Colrain MA

Finance Committee


Douglas MacLeay(413) 624-3718 dmacleay47@gmail.com2016
Charles D. Lappen(413) 624-5507 charles111056@gmail.com2016
Lori 624-34102017
Lynn DiTullio2018

The Finance Committee is comprised of up to (5) five members, appointed by the Moderator.  


The Finance Committee’s prime responsibility is to make recommendations on all financial matters, including the budget, to town meeting.  The committee has oversight responsibility for all municipal financial matters, as well as other statutory authority granted to them by the Towns bylaws.


  • BUDGET A plan of financial operation embodying an estimate of proposed revenues and expenditures for a given period and the proposed means of financing them.
  • CHERRY SHEET The Cherry Sheet is the official notification from the Commissioner of Revenue of the next fiscal year’s state aid and assessments to communities and regional school districts.  
  • DEBT EXCLUSION This is a vote by a municipality at an election to exclude debt service payments for a particular capital project from the levy limit.  The amount necessary to cover the annual debt service is added to the levy limit for the life of the debt only.
  • FREE CASHFunds remaining from the operations of the previous fiscal year which are certified by the Department of Revenues director of accounts, as available for appropriation.  Remaining funds include unexpended free cash from the previous year, receipts in excess of estimates shown on the tax recapitulation sheet and unspent amounts in budget line-items.
  • LOCAL RECEIPTS Locally generated revenues other than real and personal property taxes and excluding enterprise revenue funds.  Examples include motor vehicle excise, investment income, hotel/motel tax, fees rentals and charges.  Annual estimates of local receipts are shown on the tax recapitulation sheet.
  • OPERATING BUDGETThe plan of proposed expenditures for personnel, supplies, and other expenses for the coming fiscal year.
  • OVERRIDE A vote by a community at an election to permanently increase the levy limit.  An override vote may increase the levy limit to no higher than the levy ceiling.
  • RESERVE FUND An amount set aside annually within the budget of a town (not to exceed 5% of the tax levy for the preceding year), to provide a funding source for “extraordinary and unforeseen” expenditures.  
  • STABILIZATION FUND – An account from which funds may be appropriated for any lawful purpose.  Towns may appropriate into the fund in any year an amount not to exceed 10 per cent of the prior years tax levy, or a larger amount with the approval of the emergency finance board.  A two-thirds vote of the town meeting is required to appropriate money from the stabilization account.