By John Anderson
Last Tuesday, Town Manager Julie Jacobson was sworn in as a member of the Local Government Advisory Commission (LGAC) by Governor Baker.
Jacobson earned this position after the Massachusetts Municipal Association elected her as the District 2 Representative on the Massachusetts Municipal Managers Association Executive Committee.
The LGAC meets with the Governor and the Lieutenant Governor at the Statehouse to discuss issues facing cities and towns and to strengthen the local-state partnership. Jacobson told Auburn Mass Daily, “I am honored to serve on the MMA Board of Directors and very excited to serve on the Local Government Advisory Commission as it provides a unique and valuable opportunity to meet regularly with the Governor to discuss local issues of importance to Auburn and Massachusetts communities.”
Jacobson added, “The LGAC advocates on behalf of cities and towns and identifies regional and municipal issues that we would like the Governor to support or address. So we help all communities as we bring critical local issues and concerns to the attention of the Governor. It is a great opportunity to have a voice in the identification of priorities facing Auburn and other communities in this area.”
When specifically asked about unfunded legislative mandates, the Town Manager replied, “The agenda items will vary depending on the time of year (budget, legislative, etc) so I am sure that this year we will see so-called unfunded mandates raised as a priority for the MMA members.”