On July 9, 2015, Mayor Donna D. Holaday was the sixth local official in the state to sign onto the Commonwealth Community Compact with Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito to effectuate best practices in municipal government. The Mayor submitted Newburyport’s application into the state, committing the City to working on two best practices:
Capital Planning: Funding capital needs on a regular basis is critical to maintaining publicly-owned assets and delivering services effectively. The community develops and documents a multi-year capital plan that reflects a community’s needs, is reviewed annually and fits within a financing plan that reflects the community’s ability to pay.
School budget: Funding is assigned to the proper cost centers, costs are allocated appropriately between the municipal government and the school district, and costs and information is shared in a way that facilitates school-based budgeting. There is evidence that municipal and school administration and finance services are shared to realize economies of scale.
The state accepted Newburyport's application and has agreed to provide the community with the resources needed to institute the best practices identified.
Lt. Governor Polito signed the compact with Mayor Holaday in the City Council Chamber, surrounded by Council President Tom O'Brien, Ward 3 Councilor Bob Cronin, and At-Large Councilor Bruce Vogel, as well as State Senator Ives, State Representatives Kelcourse and Mirra, Sheriff Cousins and City department heads, all of whom had also gathered to hear the Lt. Governor's announcement of a $5M funding award from the state for an intermodal parking facility