In The News: Municipal

View more in Municipal

Our view: When an override works

Mar 19 2019

The Sun Chronicle

Of late, though, overrides have become less popular statewide, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which is, despite its folksy title, a group representing business interests. The association’s annual financial data report on municipal government found last year set a record for the fewest number of overrides. “The number of Proposition 2 ½ overrides has declined significantly in recent years,” the report states. “Twenty Proposition 2 ½ override votes occurred in (fiscal year) 2018, down from 26 in FY 2017.
Full article
Forward to a friend

State payroll climbs to $7.2 billion last year

Jan 16 2019

By Matt Rocheleau, The Boston Globe

Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the spike in six-figure earners raised questions, as did the increases in overtime spending. "Having 24 workers make over $100K in overtime, and the bump in overtime costs more generally, suggests that the state may need to think of hiring additional workers to reduce the amount of overtime it is paying,” McAnneny said via e-mail.
Full article
Forward to a friend

Faced with decades-long decline in state aid, communities confront need for additional revenue

Mar 30 2017

By Jenna Fisher, Lexington Wicked Local

This fiscal year, for the first time in 20 years, local aid is less than 20 percent of all municipal revenue, according to a report from the Massachusetts Taxpayer Foundation. The portion of municipal revenue that is local aid has decreased over the past nine years, the foundation reported.
Full article
Forward to a friend

Chicopee School officials call for budget freeze to save for next year

Jan 26 2017

By Jeanette DeForge, MassLive

In this year's state budget, Chapter 70 aid rose by more than $116 million, or 2.6 percent, and unrestricted aid by $42 million, or 4.3 percent, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, according to State House News Service.
Full article
Forward to a friend

Governor announces plan to boost aid for schools

Jan 20 2017

By Laura Crimaldi, The Boston Globe

This year’s state spending plan included more than $4.6 billion for public schools, a boost of more than $116 million or 2.6 percent, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. The aid is also known as Chapter 70 funds.
Full article
Forward to a friend

L'Italien blasts Baker for $100K cut for downtown planning

Dec 15 2016

The Andover Townsman

The net savings from Baker's cuts to earmarks totaled $53 million because of revenue loss associated with some cuts, according to a Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation analysis.
Full article
Forward to a friend

Town officials seek to curb costs in 2016

Dec 18 2015

By Kathryn O’Brien, Tr-Town Transcript

The Massachusetts taxpayers foundation recommends that the only way to lower costs is “to lower our head count,” said Alan Benson. “That’s the only way to get ahead of this. Decreases salaries, OPEB and pension, says the Taxpayers Foundation
Full article
Forward to a friend

Massachusetts Municipal Revenue Growth Lags

Dec 8 2015

By Paul Tuthill, WAMC Public Radio

A new report finds that even as the overall economy improves, cities and towns in Massachusetts are feeling a financial pinch. The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation released its 45th annual municipal finance report.
Full article
Forward to a friend

Local tax revenues slow to rise

Dec 6 2015

AP / The Boston Globe

A new report by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation finds that even as the overall economy improves, the state’s cities and towns are still feeling plenty of financial strain. Municipal revenues grew by a modest 3.8 percent in the last fiscal year, a figure that remains below historical averages prior to the recent recession. Wages for municipal employees grew by 3.7 percent last year, a rate higher than the average for private sector workers in Massachusetts. Municipalities collected a total of $14.6 billion in property taxes last year, an increase of 4.1 percent and the largest year-over-year increase since 2010, according to the report.
Full article
Forward to a friend

Report: Cities and towns still feeling financial pinch

Dec 6 2015

AP / The Boston Herald

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation released its annual municipal financial report this week, saying municipal revenues grew by a modest 3.8 percent in the last fiscal year, a figure that remains below historical averages prior to the Great Recession. According to the report, wages for municipal employees grew by 3.7 percent last year, a rate higher than the average for private sector workers in Massachusetts.
Full article
Forward to a friend
See our site policy on external link content.