Town Budget Planning


The Town Manager, as the Chief Financial Officer, is responsible for the preparation of the annual town budget (other than school spending which is managed by the School Committee and the Superintendent of schools).

On this page you will find information of the fiscal year 2017 budget planning and adoption process, including a budget calendar, and budget related materials.

As the town proceeds through the process this page will be updated with new information.


2017 Budget Calendar


2016 Annual Town Meeting Planning Calendar
Dec. 21, 2015
Notice of Intent for Proposed Warrant Articles from Departments/Committees/Boards available
Town Manager
Jan. 26, 2016
Selectmen Open Warrant
Jan. 15
Departments present draft budgets to Finance Director
Finance Director
Jan. 19
Deadline for submission of Notices of Intent
Town Manager
Jan. 26
Open Session with Town Counsel for Citizens Petitions
Town Counsel
Preliminary Draft Warrant reviewed by Selectmen
Feb. 8
Nomination Papers available
Town Clerk
Feb. 9
Draft Budget presented to Selectmen
Town Manager
Feb. 17
Deadline for the submission of Citizen’s Petitions
Selectmen’s Office
Town Clerk
Feb. 29
Deadline for receipt of final language for Warrant Articles from Departments/Boards/Committees
Town Manager
Mar. 8
Selectmen close Warrant
Mar. 24
Last Day to obtain nomination papers
Town Clerk
Mar. 28
Deadline for submission of nomination papers
Town Clerk
Mar. 29
Selectmen Adopt FY 17 Budget and finalize Warrant
Apr. 11
Warrant goes to print
Town Manager
Apr. 12
Last day to register to vote for ATM and ATE, Town Clerk’s Office will be open until 8 p.m.
Town Clerk
Apr. 25
Warrant Posted
Apr. 25
Warrant in Homes
Town Manager
Apr. 25
Town Meeting Motions posted to Website
Town Manager
May 2 (Mon.)
Annual Town Meeting
May 14 (Sat.)
Annual Town Election
Town Clerk




Presentations, Projections, and Fiscal Forecasts

 Copies of the presentations made during the Fiscal Forecasting Public Sessions are available here. 


The Fiscal Forecasting Forums, which take place between October and April, are an opportunity for key committees and members of the public to discuss financial topics, budget projections, and demographic information which has a direct impact on Town programs and services.  The following presentations have taken place so far this Fiscal Year:


The annual Fiscal Forecasting Forums began on October 1, 2015 with a quick review of FY15 and discussions on future topics.

 October 1, 2015 Presentation

 Local Option Meal Taxes - Presentation on October 15, 2015.  Powerpoint Presentation Below:

October 15, 2015 Presentation

 Cohasset Assessment Projections - Presentation on November 12, 2015.  Powerpoint Presentation Below:

November 12, 2015 Presentation

Health Care and Efficiencies - Presentation on December 3, 2015. Powerpoint Presentation Below:

December 3, 2015 Presentation