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Municipal Governance in Massachusetts
- Legal Index for Municipal Officers (PDF) This index provides a legislative citation or other source for researching various municipal finance topics.
- Municipal Finance Glossary (PDF) This glossary is an alphabetical list of words, terms and phrases commonly used in municipal finance.
- Onboarding and Offboarding Employees: Municipal Finance Laws (PDF)
- State Oversight of Local Taxation: DLS's Role
- The Role and Responsibilities of an Accountant/Auditor (PDF)
- Qualifications of Assessors, IGR-2022-15
- The Role and Responsibilities of an Assessor (PDF)
- The Role and Responsibilities of the Collector (PDF)
- The Role and Responsibilities of the Treasurer (PDF)
- The Role of a Finance Director (PDF)
- The Role of the Finance Committee (Video)
- Webinar: Meet DLS – Who we are and how we can help (Video)
In this presentation, Division of Local Services’ bureau chiefs shared our mission and what information and resources we offer to cities and towns across the Commonwealth. The slides from this presentation can also be found here.
- Webinar: Role of the Treasurer (Video)
In this webinar, DLS staff provide an overview of the key duties of the treasurer, statutory requirements associated with the position, and how other members of the local financial management team must work together with the treasurer while carrying out their own functions and to ensure thorough management of municipal finances. You can also view the slides from the presentation here.
- What is "Home Rule?" (PDF)
Financial Process Workflows
The sample workflows below demonstrate how the turnover, accounts payable, and payroll processes can be managed in your community. While the workflows include internal control and other best practices that should be incorporated in your individual processes, the workflows can be tailored to your specific community for staff references.
These charts emphasize that no municipal official can be successful without working hand in hand with other local staff. The success of the revenue turnover, accounts payable, payroll, and other financial management processes rely on the interconnectivity and communication between a community’s financial officers. This interconnectivity also reinforces institutional continuity during times when officers leave their position.
The accounts payable process manages the payment for the purchase of goods and services. An accounts payable policy should detail staff responsibilities, submission requirements, timing, and approval and authorization processes. Note that you can learn additional details about out each step presented in this workflow by hovering over the “i” icon located in each action.
Turnovers are the transfer of departmental revenues to the treasurer. A turnover policy should identify the segregation of duties and include the requirement that each department use a prenumbered receipt book, a schedule of how often and when turnovers should take place, and that a standardized turnover cover sheet or data input be submitted with each turnover. The collector should also provide a turnover, even in a combined treasurer/collector office, to create a necessary paper trail for cash reconciliations and the annual audit.
|Date published:||July 30, 2020|
|Last updated:||May 14, 2021|