Dan Pallotta, Chair
Loretta Dionne, Vice-Chair
321 Zoar Road, Rowe, MA 01367
Article III, Section 11 of the Town of Rowe Bylaws:
"In accordance with Section 16 of Chapter 39 of the General Laws there shall be a Finance Committee consisting of five members which shall consider all municipal questions relating to appropriations and may consider any municipal question for the purpose of making reports and recommendations to the Town. This committee shall submit its recommendations and report to each town meeting, annual or special. Two members of said committee shall be elected on each of two consecutive years and one on the third year by ballot at each annual town election. No member of the Board of Selectmen or School Committee shall be eligible to serve on said committee. Members of the Finance Committee holding other town offices or positions must recuse themselves on all matters pertaining to that department. The Finance Committee shall have the powers and duties delegated to it by said Section 16 and other applicable laws including the duty of submitting a budget for the annual Town Meeting and such recommendations shall be printed on the annual Town Meeting warrant."
The Town of Rowe Finance Committee's primary role is to help develop an annual budget in conjunction with the Board of Selectmen and various elected and appointed officials. Beginning with the FY2022 Budget, the Finance Committee's will be responsible for ultimately submitting the budget that will be presented to the voters, a shift from the past when it only held advisory/recommending powers and had no say in the final budget.
Prior to all town meetings warrant articles involving finances are reviewed by the Finance Committee. The committee then voted either to recommend or not recommend the various articles, and their recommendations are printed on the warrant that is mailed to all voters.
The Finance Committee is part of the town's "Budget Advisory Group", which consists of the Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee, School Committee, Board of Assessors, Treasurer, Accountant, and Executive Secretary.
While having limited direct authority over financial matters, their recommendations often carry a great deal of weight, and the committee is often asked to collaborate on many other areas involving town moneys and policy.
The Finance Committee also controls the Reserve Fund- a fund appropriated annually at town meeting to cover unforeseen expenses, and also must concur on all line-item transfers conducted in May and June of each year.
The Finance Committee has no regular meeting schedule, but typically meets once a month during the summer and fall, and then more often during "budget season"- December through May.
Meeting Schedule: As Needed
No meetings currently scheduled.
4 of 5 seats. 3 years each seat.
- Loretta Dionne (Elected), Vice-Chair. 2026. Rowe, MA 01367 - 339-5326
- Marilyn Wilson (Elected), Member. 2024. 37 Potter Road, Rowe, MA - 413-652-2059
- Wayne Zavotka (Elected), Member. June, 2024. Rowe, MA 01367
- Dan Pallotta (Elected), Chair. 2026. Potter Road, Rowe, MA 01367