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Will Brownsberger
State Senator
2d Suffolk and Middlesex District

Local aid increase based on sales tax (3 Responses)

The House just voted it’s local aid resolution.  Based on the sales tax vote taken yesterday, the House was able to allocate an additional $205 million to local aid.   See figures here for Arlington, Belmont and Cambridge. These committed funds result in total local aid allocations equal to the aid that would have gone to cities and town based on the Governor’s proposed meals and hotel taxes.

Combined with the stimulus aid this results in an 11.9% increase in total local aid for Belmont from FY2009 budgeted levels.  Arlington (-4.2%) and Cambridge (-9.1%) remain below level funding from FY2009, although they receive substantial increases above the original FY2010 House Budget.

It is important to note that the Senate may face no choice but to reduce these amounts, because the House budget is based on revenue estimates from December.  The more recent estimates that the Senate will be able to use will be substantially lower.

Local Aid (Major Programs in Section 3 of the Budget) -- 2009 and 2010 Budget Drafts

 
Arlington
Belmont
Cambridge
House Budgeted FY2010 (based on sales tax increase)
Chapter 70 Aid 6,229,294 4,603,815 9,316,701
Unrestricted General Government Aid (1) 7,875,026 2,327,198 23,131,899
Potential Allocation of Federal Funds from ARRA 914,048 1,364,975 309,750
Total Local Aid including Stimulus Allocation 15,018,368 8,295,988 32,758,350
Change from 2009 Budgeted Total with Stimulus (653,099) 882,007 (3,295,651)
% Change from 2009 Budgeted Total-4.2%11.9%-9.1%
House Ways and Means FY 2010 Budgeted (no new taxes)
Chapter 70 Aid (level funded) 6,229,294 4,603,815 9,316,701
Unrestricted General Government Aid (1) 6,391,552 1,902,244 18,098,890
Total 2010 Major Programs, HWM 12,620,846 6,506,059 27,415,591
Change from 2009 Budgeted Total (3,050,621) (907,922) (8,638,410)
Potential Allocation of Federal Funds from ARRA 914,048 1,364,975 -
Total Local Aid including Stimulus Allocation 13,534,894 7,871,034 27,415,591
Change from 2009 Budgeted Total with Stimulus (2,136,573) 457,053 (8,638,410)
% Change from 2009 Budgeted Total-14%6%-24%
Governors Proposed additional 2010 Aid (3)
Meals tax increase (1%) (4) 898,538 267,422 2,544,381
Rooms tax increase (1%) (4) 174,300 51,875 493,563
Aid to mitigate reductions in excess of 10% 55,630 - 989,799
Total new local aid proposals (not budgeted) 1,128,468 319,297 4,027,743
Total 2010 Aid if proposals adopted 14,104,320 6,931,013 32,448,600
$ Reduction from 2009 Budgeted (1,567,147) (482,968) (3,605,401)
% Reduction from 2009 budgeted-10.0%-6.5%-10.0%
Governors 2010 Budgeted
Chapter 70 Aid (level funded) 6,229,294 4,603,815 9,316,701
Unrestricted General Government Aid (1) 6,746,558 2,007,901 19,104,156
Total 2010 Budgeted Major Programs 12,975,852 6,611,716 28,420,857
$ Reduction from 2009 Budgeted (2,695,615) (802,265) (7,633,144)
% Reduction from 2009 budgeted-17.2%-10.8%-21.2%
2009 Budgeted
Chapter 70 Aid 6,229,294 4,603,815 9,316,701
Unrestricted General Government Aid (1) 9,442,173 2,810,166 26,737,300
Total 2009 Budgeted Major Programs 15,671,467 7,413,981 36,054,001
9C Cuts to Unrestricted Municipal Aid (920,103) (273,840) (2,605,446)
Reduced 2009 Total after 9C Cuts 14,751,364 7,140,141 33,448,555
% Reduction from 2009 Budgeted Total-5.9%-3.7%-7.2%
(1) Includes Addditional Assistance, Lottery and Supplement to Lottery
(2) Governor made an across the board 9.74% cut in unrestricted general government aid
(3) Subject to separate votes on tax increases
(4) Apportioned by specific amounts in Section 3 of the budget bill and guaranteed from the
Note: Federal allocation discretionary to Governor.

Click here for Excel file version of spreadsheet.

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  1. GordonJamieson says:

    RE: Arlington and other less well off towns take it on the chin…

  2. Julie Kirrane says:

    Will, My understanding is that Belmont didn’t simply get “lucky” here but that a formula was used that brought towns up to minimum aid in Chapter 70. Belmont, being a town receiving less than minimum Ch. 70 aid, got a seemingly larger allocation from the ARRA money. Can you give a description of what happened and the rationalization behind it?

    Thanks… Love the new format!

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