Participatory Budgeting Commission

Committee Charge

Type:  Ad Hoc
Authority: Amherst Home Rule Charter Section 10.11
Appointing Authority: Town Council President & Town Manager
Number of Voting Members: Seven (7)
Term of Appointment: Two (2) years
Special Municipal Employees: Yes

Authority: Section 10.11 of the Amherst Home Rule Charter adopted on March 27, 2018 requires the Town Council to create a Participatory Budgeting Commission. 

In accordance with the Town Charter, the purpose of the Participatory Budgeting Commission is to propose: “a measure to adopt participatory budgeting or other similar method of resident participation in the budgeting process in Amherst”. 

Membership: Section 10.10 of the Amherst Home Rule Charter states: The commission shall consist of 7 members: 1 shall be the Finance Director or designee, 1 shall be a Town Council representative, 2 shall be residents appointed by the Town Council, and 3 shall be residents appointed by the Town Manager. 

Reports: The Participatory Budgeting Commission shall propose a measure to the Town Council by December 1, 2020. 

Action by Town Council: The Town Council shall act by voting upon the proposed measure with or without amendments within 90 days of receipt. 

Charge Adopted: December 10, 2018