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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 regional school districts. We have posted amended FY2010 cherry sheets that reflect these reductions.

 

These reductions include an $18 million reduction to regional school transportation aid, a $514,000 cut to the regional public library appropriation and a $284,000 cut to public library aid. Also included in the Governor's 9C reductions was a $5.2 million reduction to the Charter Tuition Reimbursement account. However, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education estimates that the remaining balance of this account is sufficient to fully reimburse for this program so there is no change to estimated Charter Tuition Reimbursements. These changes are not likely to materially impact the ongoing tax rate setting process.

 

Local officials should also be aware that Governor Patrick has submitted additional reductions to the legislature contained in House Bill 4303. Proposed reductions in House Bill 4303 include a $10.8 million reduction to the state-owned land program, and a $5 million reduction to the police career incentive program. Since both of these reductions require legislative approval, the FY2010 cherry sheets will not be amended for these two programs until after the legislature takes action on the bill and it is signed by the Governor. Once that occurs, local officials are advised that the amended FY2010 cherry sheets must be used for tax rate setting purposes. For budgeting and tax rate planning purposes the proposed reductions for these two programs can also be found online.

If you have any questions regarding either the Governor's 9C reductions or House Bill 4303, please do not hesitate to contact either Lisa Juszkiewicz at (617) 626-2386 or Jared Curtis at (617) 626-2320.

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