Local Aid Changes

The Governor released local aid numbers last week as part of his budget proposal. Most communities see little year-over-year change.

The Governor’s numbers typically become the floor in the budget process. Some communities, including Arlington, do especially well, however, in the Governor’s proposal and there may be some discussion about those numbers.

An additional issue for discussion will be whether the extra $65 million that was distributed last fall (FY12) will be repeated as a late distribution next fall (FY13) or incorporated into the budget. At this time, the Governor’s proposal contemplates a contingent late distribution. Municipalities would receive these funds too late to apply them to their operating budget which must be complete by the start of the fiscal year.

The budget maintains special education circuit breaker funding at the higher $213 million level that we fought for last year. I’ll be looking for feedback from the Department of Education as to the reimbursement rate that will likely result at current cost levels. But $213 million is fairly close to full funding.

Although it is not part of budget, the Governor has indicated that he will support Chapter 90 highway funding at the increased level that it came through at last year.

Click here for a community-by-community comparative analysis of the budgeted local aid.

Click here for the Governor’s narrative about his local aid proposal.

See the chart below for just the major program numbers in Arlington and in the Second Suffolk and Middlesex District.

 ArlingtonBelmontBostonCambridgeWatertown
Governor's FY14 Proposed
Chapter 709,768,4396,355,373209,416,33813,009,0344,984,927
Unrestricted Government Aid6,416,9091,909,790160,247,30118,170,6905,641,884
Annual Formula Local Aid128,25453,2202,132,151251,339107,655
Total Section 3 Aid16,313,6028,318,383371,795,79031,431,06310,734,476
Change from FY131,787,197684,3503,689,6764,368,2101,751,058
FY13 budgeted
Chapter 708,109,4965,724,243207,858,8138,892,1633,341,524
Unrestricted Government Aid6,416,9091,909,790160,247,30118,170,6905,641,884
Total Section 3 Aid14,526,4057,634,033368,106,11427,062,8538,983,408
Changes from Senate Ways and Means budgeted-7,279-2,166-181,767-20,611-6,399
Senate Ways and Means FY13 Budget
Chapter 708,109,4965,724,243207,858,8138,892,1633,341,524
Unrestricted Government Aid6,424,1881,911,956160,429,06818,191,3015,648,283
Total Section 3 Aid14,533,6847,636,199368,287,88127,083,4648,989,807
Change from House Budgeted for FY1313,8322,166181,80720,6116,399
House Budgeted for FY13
Chapter 708,102,9435,724,243207,858,7738,892,1633,341,524
Unrestricted Government Aid6,416,9091,909,790160,247,30118,170,6905,641,884
Total Section 3 Aid14,519,8527,634,033368,106,07427,062,8538,983,408
Change from Governor's FY13 Proposed (House 2)463,939291,00614,030,8641,562,856515,212
Governor's FY13 Proposed (House 2)
Chapter 708,102,9435,571,323205,414,453 8,643,123 3,234,244
Unrestricted Government Aid5,952,9401,771,704148,660,757 16,856,874 5,233,952
Total Section 3 Aid14,055,8837,343,027354,075,21025,499,9978,468,196
Change from FY12 Budgeted9.50%0%0%0%0%
FY12 Budgeted
Chapter 70 6,880,580 5,571,323 205,414,453 8,643,123 3,234,244
Unrestricted Government Aid 5,952,940 1,771,704 148,660,757 16,856,874 5,233,952
Total Section 3 (Major Program) Aid per Budget 12,833,520 7,343,027 354,075,210 25,499,997 8,468,196
Additional Local Aid Distributed 10/31/2011463,969138,08611,586,5441,313,816407,932

Published by Will Brownsberger

Will Brownsberger is State Senator from the Second Suffolk and Middlesex District.