At the Mass. Municipal Association annual meeting last weekend, I saw and heard presentations of an open source software product developed for the Town of Arlington by programers who live in Arlington, to show the town budget in a highly visual format. One merely clicks on the blocks to drill further down into the details. http://visgov.com/
Since it is open source, Medfield could implement it at no cost if we have someone who knows how to do so. If we hire the company that is managing the software, they would charge us $3,000.
I recommend that we employ this software, and that the town also employ software to put the town checkbook on-line, as the state has already done.