In accordance with Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 41, Section 57, the Town Accountant is responsible for maintaining the financial records of the Town. It is the Accounting Department’s duty to ensure these records conform to generally accepted accounting principles, Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) statements and follow Massachusetts municipal finance laws. The Accounting Department then provides financial information and results to the Town’s taxpayers and other reporting agencies. The office is responsible for maintaining adequate internal controls over Town expenditures, including the examination of all accounts payable invoices and payrolls to make sure they are correct and properly approved (MGL. Chapter 41, Section 56). Warrants for all approved disbursements are generated through this office. The Accountant is also the custodian of all Town contracts.