The Division of Local Services is pleased to announce that the next issue of City and Town is now available online. Articles of interest include a look back at how the legal concept of "home rule" developed in Massachusetts and how it fits in the …Continue Reading The November issue of City and Town is now available …
Governor Deval Patrick, Lt. Governor Tim Murray, and their cabinet officials met last week with newly elected mayors from across the state. The meeting was held both to congratulate each mayor and to reiterate the administration’s commitment to partnering with local leaders to provide the services …Continue Reading Governor Patrick, Lt. Governor Murray and their Cabinet meet with the Commonwealth’s Newest Mayors: Focus on Innovation, Education, Infrastructure and Regionalism
Governor Deval Patrick announced his plans to reduce state spending in light of the projected $600 million shortfall in state revenues on October 29, 2009. Governor Patrick's plans included spending reductions under M.G.L. Ch 29, Section 9C that will impact state aid to cities, towns and …Continue Reading 9C revisions to Cherry Sheets for Fiscal Year 2010
Increasingly, many Massachusetts cities and towns are considering regionalizing functions of local government but are unsure of how to proceed. We are pleased to invite you to a conference designed to answer these questions, sponsored by the Franklin Regional Council of Governments, MARPA, and the …Continue Reading Please save the date – Regionalization Conference with Lt. Gov. Tim Murray
A revised Property Type Classification Codes Booklet was released today. The changes reflect Chapterland code revisions in Open Space and Chapter 61 and 61A categories as well as the deletion of Exempt Property codes that are currently included in the GASB 34 Codes.
For most assessors it has been many years since the real estate market necessitated they consider whether or not Time Adjusting Sale Prices was important. The Division of Local Services has created a PowerPoint presentation that demonstrates three generally acceptable methods of time trending in …Continue Reading New PowerPoint Presentation on Time Adjusting Sale Prices
The Division of Local Services is pleased to announce the newest edition of City & Town is now available on-line! Please click here to subscribe to City and Town and other DLS Alerts. By subscribing to this mailing list you will receive Informational Guideline Releases …Continue Reading Newest edition of City & Town now available!
On June 29, 2009 Governor Patrick approved the FY2010 state budget (Chapter 27 of the Acts of 2009). The Division of Local Services has posted FY2010 cherry sheet estimates based on the appropriation levels appearing in the budget approved by the Governor. FY2010 cherry sheets are …Continue Reading Fiscal Year 2010 Cherry Sheets
On June 19, 2009 the Legislature approved the Conference Committee's version of the FY2010 budget. The Division of Local Services has posted updated local aid estimates based on the Conference Committee budget recommendations to the Division of Local Services' web site. Please be advised that …Continue Reading Fiscal Year 2010 Local Aid Proposals
Local boards of assessors and all those interested can now check out the fiscal year 2010 pipeline company central valuations and new growth at the Division of Local Services’ website. These values can be found in the Local Assessment section entitled "Centrally Valued Utilities – Telephone …Continue Reading Fiscal Year 2010 values for Centrally Valued Utilities – Telephone, Telegraph & Pipeline Companies