Local aid cuts: The state memo

The coming local aid cuts (both for this fiscal year and FY2010) are drastic, especially for the bigger cities and towns.  Worcester stands to lose about an estimated $3,850,000 in 2010 BEYOND the 9% cuts in 2009; Shrewsbury will face a proposed $258,000 cut.  Other towns will face no better—and the state is very clear on exactly how the cuts in local budgets may be made.

Selected proposed cuts:

Auburn: $158,621

Fitchburg: $790,408

Grafton: $144,819

Holden: $5,446

Leicester: $160,816

Millbury: $164,012

Paxton: $1,486

Rule wise, the state has laid out guidelines for cities and towns to deal with the immediate 9c cuts, specifying exactly what kind of budget adjustments will be allowed:

  1. Reduce 2009 operating budget appropriations in any department
  2. Reduce special project appropriations
  3. Use cash reserves to close the gap
  4. Increase local fees and charges.

A full copy of the memo from the state to municipalities is available here.

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s