Bedford Town Council discusses policy regarding unanticipated grants
According to RSA 31:95, before accepting unanticipated money of $5,000 or more, a board of selectmen or commissioners shall hold a public hearing.
At the council’s Sept. 25 meeting, Town Manager Jessie Levine recommended the board set a public hearing as a house-keeping matter so residents would know when the town is accepting grants from outside sources, and that councilors have not appropriated more money in the budget.
Under the statute, the legislative body can authorize the governing body to accept those funds and a public hearing is required for anything over $5,000, she said. “The Town Meeting in 1984 authorized what was then the board of selectmen to go through that process, but now the legislative body is the governing body, with the exception of the budget,” Levine said. “I’m asking the town council to authorize itself to accept and expend unanticipated grant funds or accept gifts, subject to the requirement of those laws.”The 1984 meeting set the public hearing requirement for any acceptance of funds, not just the $5,000 threshold, she said.
The public hearing will take place Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m., at 10 Meetinghouse Road.
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