What is the outlook for local aid in FY2009

March 12, 2009,  the House voted to match the local aid levels proposed in the Governor’s budget — relatively substantial overall increases in Chapter 70 and a protection of municipalities from a shortfall in the lottery fund. 

The chart below gives an overview of trends in the major local aid programs — Chapter 70, Lottery Aid and Additional Assistance.   See additional local aid analysis.  For the Governor’s discussion, click here.  For details on the Chapter 70 program and aid computations, click here

Chapter 70, Lottery and Additional Assistance Arlington Belmont Cambridge All Districts (Regional and Municipal)
Chapter 70 Aid, H2 Gov          6,229,294        4,603,815          9,316,701  3,948,496,062  
School Enrollment, FY09                4,469              3,677                6,115           944,224  
Chapter 70 Aid Per Pupil, H2 Gov                1,394              1,252                1,524              4,182  
Foundation Budget FY09        38,070,505      31,086,767        62,523,714  8,811,314,229  
H2 Gov, Ch. Aid as % of Foundation Budget 16.4% 14.8% 14.9% 44.8%  
Chapter 70 Aid in FY90 2,414,446 684,436 1,534,957 1,106,969,351  
% Change in Total Ch. 70 Aid FY90 to FY09 158% 573% 507% 257%  
Ch.70 Aid FY08          5,814,120 3,857,487 8,516,353  3,725,671,326  
$ Change in Ch. 70 Aid FY08 to FY09             415,174           746,328             800,348    222,824,736  
% Change in Ch.70 Aid FY08 to FY09 7.1% 19.3% 9.4% 6.0%  
Lottery Distributions FY09 (level from 08)          4,950,398 1,982,683 8,781,240    935,028,283  
Additional Assistance FY09 (level from 08)          4,491,775 827,483 17,956,060    378,517,988  
Total General Municipal Aid FY09 (level from 08)          9,442,173        2,810,166        26,737,300  1,313,546,271  
Population est. on July 1, 2006 41,075 23,308 101,365 6,437,193  
General Municipal Aid per Capita (2008 and H2) 230 121 264 204  
Total General Municipal Aid FY90        10,317,992        2,881,556        33,311,373  1,070,994,605  
% Change in Total General Municipal, FY90 to FY09 -8.5% -2.5% -19.7% 22.6%  
% Change in Total of Ch.70 and General, FY90 to FY09  23% 108% 3% 142%  
1999 Income per Capita              34,399            42,485              31,156            25,952  
2006 EQV Per Capita             175,023           237,626             241,991           153,979  
Cost Inflation in Gov’t Services, 1990 to 2007       75%  
Special Education Circuit Breaker Payments in FY08          1,235,087           815,861          2,720,406    191,262,539  
Chapter 90 Highway Aid in FY2008             593,427           403,501          1,908,524    150,000,000  
Municipal Partnership Act, Local Revenue Estimates (from MMA and the City of Boston, FY07)    
    Elimination of Telecom Property Tax Exemption              281,330           122,396          2,358,345      78,123,635  
    Local Option Meals Tax at 1% (2% would be authorized)             390,053           171,767          3,812,860    126,360,000  
Community Shares of State-wide Aid Programs           
  Chapter 70 Share (FY2009) 0.16% 0.12% 0.24% 100.00%
  Chapter 70 FY09 increment share (FY2008-9) 0.19% 0.33% 0.36% 100.00%
  Lottery Share (FY2009) 0.53% 0.21% 0.94% 100.00%
  Additional Assistance Share (FY2009) 1.19% 0.22% 4.74% 100.00%
  Special Education Circuit Breaker Share (FY2008) 0.65% 0.43% 1.42% 100.00%
  Chapter 90 Share (FY2008) 0.40% 0.27% 1.27% 100.00%
  Telecom Property Tax Exemption 0.36% 0.16% 3.02% 100.00%
  Local Option Meals Tax 0.31% 0.14% 3.02% 100.00%  
           

Published by Will Brownsberger

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