To help cities and towns pay for police and fire protection, parks, and other core services, the state provides funding through General Local Aid. Since 2001, that funding has fallen by 46%.
MassBudget's new brief, "General Local Aid in the Governor's Budget," describes the Governor's proposal for FY 2014. This includes:
Our interactive tool allows you to see how recent cuts to local aid have affected each city and town in the Commonwealth. Earlier MassBudget reports have also shown how local aid works and how funding for cities and towns has changed since the early 1980s.