*Media Advisory*Town of Maynard to Welcome Lt. Governor Karyn Polito to Celebrate Community Compact Award
Kevin Sweet, Town Administrator
195 Main St.
Maynard, MA 01754
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Town of Maynard to Welcome Lt. Governor Karyn Polito to Celebrate Community Compact Award
Grant Funded the Development of Online Budget Transparency Tool
MAYNARD — Town Administrator Greg Johnson is pleased to announce that Lt. Governor Karyn Polito will visit Town Hall tomorrow to discuss Maynard’s second Community Compact award.
Thursday, March 7, at 11 a.m.
Maynard Town Hall
- Lt. Governor Karyn Polito
- Town leaders
As a result of funding received from a second Community Compact award given through the Baker-Polito Administration’s Community Compact Program led by Lt. Governor Polito, the Town of Maynard has procured the services of local company Clear Gov to make the town’s budget information more accessible online.
Maynard’s Clear Gov website provides a high level view of the town’s finances and demographics, including median household income and home value. It also provides interactive graphs of the town’s spending against its revenue as well as its debt service obligations.
The extensive tool also provides insight into how the town’s budget is divided among several categories, including schools, general government, public works and more.
“This is an invaluable tool for us, because it gives us a way to clearly and transparently present our budget in a way that residents can understand,” Johnson said. “Town budgets can be deeply complex, but Clear Gov allows us to make our budget more accessible and enables residents to get a much stronger sense of how their tax money is spent.”
Lt. Governor Polito will visit with town leaders and congratulate them on the work they’ve done with Maynard’s most recent Community Compact award.
The awards are the product of Gov. Charlie Baker’s and Lt. Governor Polito’s commitment to Massachusetts towns and cities, which is carried out through the Community Compact Cabinet of which Lt. Governor Polito is the chair, and allows the administration to work more closely with leaders from all municipalities. Lt. Governor Polito has visited and signed Community Compacts for each of the 351 communities in the Commonwealth.
The program champions municipal interests and helps hold both state and municipal leaders accountable to their residents, while providing additional resources to support local objectives.
The competitive Community Compact IT Grant Program emphasizes innovation at the local level by awarding funding for one-time capital needs.