FY 2010 Local Aid details by community

The House Ways and Means Committee released its budget today (4/15/2009).  The Committee made deep cuts in many state services, but only relatively modest additional cuts in local aid.  It continued to level fund Chapter 70 and left education allocations from the stimulus funding undisturbed, but made additional cuts in unrestricted general government assistance.  The Governor has apparently made commitments to add stimulus funding to provide minimum education aid for communities that have done poorly in the stimulus allocation.

The special education circuit breaker is cut to the 60% level, but this should be offset by IDEA funding from the stimulus.  Notable among smaller local aid cuts is complete elimination of Quinn bill funding.

The House Ways and Means Budget is often viewed as setting a political floor on local aid for the coming year.  The HWM numbers are not completely safe this year, because they are based on December revenue projections.  Some feel that those projections are high.  But I believe that there will be a strong political will to preserve these numbers as floor.

Local Aid (Major Programs in Section 3 of the budget) — 2009 and 2010 Budget Drafts
Arlington Belmont Cambridge
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%
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%
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%
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%
(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
general fund in event of short fall

Published by Will Brownsberger

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