Thursday, March 21, 2013

MassBudget: Aid to cities and towns - the Governor's budget

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Local Aid to Cities and Towns
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:

  • A slight increase in funding for Local Aid--the first increase in 5 years.

  • A new distribution formula which places greater weight on each city or town's ability to raise its own revenue. The new formula only applies to that portion of funding above the FY 2013 level

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.

The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center (MassBudget) produces policy research, analysis, and data-driven recommendations focused on improving the lives of low- and middle-income children and adults, strengthening our state's economy, and enhancing the quality of life in Massachusetts.

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