[HISTORY: Adopted by the Special Town Meeting 11-12-1974 by Art. 2 as Art. V, Sec. E, of the 1975 Bylaws. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended STM 9-29-1983 by Art. 10]
There shall be an Advisory Board consisting of seven (7) voters of the town to be appointed by the Moderator. The Moderator shall appoint, not later than November of each year, two (2) members of the Advisory Board for terms of three (3) years, except that every third year he shall appoint three (3) members. Each member of the Advisory Board shall be a registered voter and domiciled in the town, provided that no person who shall have the care, custody or disposal of town funds or the care, custody or disposal of town property, either as a town officer or member of any town committee, or an agent of such officer or town committee, shall be eligible to serve on said committee. The Moderator shall notify the Town Clerk of the names and addresses of the persons so selected, and thereupon the Town Clerk shall notify each such person of such appointment and shall administer the proper oath of office to each of them.
Editor's Note: See MGL C. 6, §§ 97 and 98.
It shall be the duty of this Board to investigate the financial affairs of the town, including receipts of or expenditures by the different departments, or of any town officer; the methods in which the town business is conducted; the general conduct of the town officers; and all articles in town warrants for Town Meetings referred to it, and in the discharge of these duties shall have free access to all books of accounts, books of record and all accounts, bills and vouchers on which money has been or may be paid from the town treasury. All articles that may hereafter be inserted in warrants for any town matters, excepting articles for the choice of officers, are hereby referred to the Advisory Board.
The Board shall report, in writing, its recommendations on the articles in the warrant for the Annual Town Meeting referred to it as herein provided and to verbally report immediately after the Annual Town Meeting is called to order, under the article calling for reports of committees, or under each article as it is taken up. In addition, the Board shall make its recommendations known for articles in the warrant for Special Town Meetings by making them available to one (1) or more local newspapers prior to the Special Town Meeting.