The role of the city/town clerk in municipal finance

Learn how the city/town clerk contributes to the financial stability of Massachusetts communities.

A city or town clerk is an integral member of the municipal management team and a central information point for residents. While the job responsibilities may vary from community to community in Massachusetts, the clerk is a bonded official who is the municipality’s record keeper and often the chief election officer.

Table of Contents

Overview of responsibilities

Adopting Local Option Excise

Local Elections and Town Meeting

Local Officials Directory

Municipal Debt and Borrowing

Proposition 2 ½ Votes

Record Legislative Action

Tax Rate Setting Process

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