Budget Committee

Above: The Budget Committee, citizens, and staff on the 2017 Budget Tour on February 25th.
The Barre Town Charter requires the annual appointment of a committee of five Town voters who are equal partners with the Selectboard when studying and analyzing the Town Manager’s proposed budgets for eight different funds. Together the five Budget Committee members and five Selectboard members approve the General Fund and Highway Fund budgets presented to the voters for approval. The committee also approves the other six budgets.  

Budget Committee recruitment begins in December. In early January the Selectboard appoints two of the five committee members.  The Town Clerk-Treasurer appoints one member. These three appointees select two more members before the first meeting (last Tuesday in January).  Budget Committee terms expire when the General Fund and Highway Fund budgets receive voter approval in May.
The committee meets with the Selectboard on Tuesday nights February through March (or early April depending on need).  Extra meetings may be scheduled if more question-answer time with the Town Manager and department heads is needed.  Committee members may, if they chose, participate in the Selectboard’s budget presentations to the public. For the next Budget Committee meeting, please see the town calendar.

For information about the budget, see the Budget Information page.