The House Ways and Means budget matches the Governor’s local aid numbers. I have previously posted those Chapter 70 and General Government Aid numbers for my communities.
In the Belmont budget context, the HW&M announcement represents an improvement of $976,027 over the starting assumptions and $636,800 over the most recent assumption in the budget process. Arlington had been assuming the Governor’s numbers, which were essentially confirmed in the House Ways and Means budget.
The budget also matches the Governor’s special education circuit-breaker funding, representing a roughly 60% increase over Belmont’s existing assumptions. This represents an additional approximately $300 to $400 thousand for Belmont, making a total potential change in assumptions of approximately $1,000,000 from the the most recent assumptions.
One other issue of local financial significance was the rates for special education schools — these are not capped as they were in the Governor’s budget.