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Posted on: January 28, 2022
Emergency Parking Ban
Due to the significant snow storm, there will be an emergency parking ban effective Friday, January 28 from 11 pm through Sunday, January 30 at 11 pm.
From the Charles River Chamber Regional Chamber enewsletter today –
At issue is that
new zoning reform law — the MBTA Communities Law – that’s designed to chip away at two urgent problems: Our housing crisis and our climate crisis.
I wrote yesterday, the new law doesn’t mandate new housing. It changes zoning codes to allow property owners to build small multi-unit homes if they choose — a process that could take years, or decades, if ever.
We’re not talking about massive apartment towers. The law is designed to encourage more townhouses, triple-deckers and carriage houses near T-stops — instead of McMansions.
Failure to rezone would make a community ineligible for certain state grants, according to
MBTA Communities – Cohort Designations and Capacity Calculations (Excel)
See also the
white paper done by the Boston Foundation on this legislation.
From the Massachusetts Municipal Association this afternoon –
GOV. BAKER FILES $48.5 BILLION FY23 SPENDING PLAN FILES A COMPANION $693M TAX RELIEF BILL • $31.5M INCREASE IN UNRESTRICTED MUNICIPAL AID (2.7%) • CH. 70 PLAN WOULD INCREASE FY23 SCHOOL AID BY $485M (8.8%) • 43% OF SCHOOL DISTRICTS WOULD RECEIVE NEW AID OF ONLY $30/STUDENT • CHARTER SCHOOL & SPECIAL ED REIMBURSEMENTS INCREASE • MIXED RESULTS FOR OTHER MUNICIPAL AND SCHOOL ACCOUNTS At 2 p.m. today, Gov. Charlie Baker submitted a $48.5 billion fiscal 2023 state budget plan, House 2, with the Legislature. UNRESTRICTED GENERAL GOVERNMENT AID WOULD INCREASE BY $31.5 MILLION Gov. Baker’s budget includes a $31.5 million increase in the Unrestricted General Government Aid account, a 2.7% increase over fiscal 2022 levels. As the MMA stated during our Annual Meeting this past weekend, a 2.7% increase is too low, and we will be working with local leaders and lawmakers to advocate for an increase that reflects the actual growth in revenues that the state is receiving. With capped property taxes and inflation running higher than 2.7%, cities and towns need a much higher level of UGGA aid to maintain essential services. The Administration is calculating revenue growth using a methodology that omits a large portion of the record-setting revenue collections that the state has experienced during the past year. This way of benchmarking growth works to the disadvantage of cities and towns, and minimizes revenue sharing amounts. Fiscal 2023 state tax collections will be $2.5 billion higher (7.3%) than the tax base that was used to pass the fiscal 2022 budget last July, and $6.8 billion higher (22%) than the original FY22 projection from a year ago. The Administration is using the highest possible revenue estimate for fiscal 2022 ($35.95 billion, set less than two weeks ago), which would tie UGGA to an artificially low growth projection, even though actual growth will be much higher. Click here to see the Division of Local Services preliminary fiscal 2023 Cherry Sheet aid amounts for your city or town Click here to see the Division of Local Services preliminary fiscal 2023 Cherry Sheet aid amounts for regional school districts OVERALL CHAPTER 70 SCHOOL AID WOULD GO UP BY $485 MILLION, AN 8.8% INCREASE – ALTHOUGH 43% OF DISTRICTS WOUD REMAIN AT MINIMUM AID ONLY The Governor’s budget recommendation continues implementation of the funding schedules in the 2019 Student Opportunity Act (SOA) that were delayed in fiscal 2021 and then funded at a rate of one-sixth, rather than one-seventh, in fiscal 2022 to stay on track with the law’s intended implementation schedule. House 2 represents funding the Student Opportunity Act at a rate of two-sixths. Fulfilling the commitments in the Student Opportunity Act, the Governor’s fiscal 2023 budget submission would bring Chapter 70 school aid up to $5.98 billion, a $485 million increase in school aid. The majority of the funds would implement the improvements to the foundation budget, adding weight for low-income students, English Language Learners, special education costs, and school employee health benefits. While this is important progress, an initial examination of the budget indicates that 136 of 318 operating districts (43%) would remain minimum-aid-only, and receive the minimum $30 per-student increase in the Act. These 136 districts would receive a total increase of $9.3 million, and the remaining districts would receive $475.8 million more. The MMA will continue to strongly advocate for minimum aid of $100 per student to ensure that all districts can at least keep pace with inflation and maintain their school services. Click here to see DESE’s calculation of fiscal 2023 Chapter 70 aid and Net School Spending requirements for your city, town, or regional school district, based on the Governor’s proposed budget and legislation. This landing page will also include the preliminary fiscal 2023 charter school assessments and reimbursements. CHARTER SCHOOL REIMBURSEMENTS WOULD INCREASE TO $219M – CHARTER FUNDING REMAINS A SERIOUS PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED The Governor’s budget would increase the charter school reimbursement account up to $219 million, intended to meet the commitment in the Student Opportunity Act to fund 90% of the state’s 100-60-40 statutory obligation to mitigate Chapter 70 losses to charter schools. A portion of this $64.8 million increase would simply be a pass-through to charter schools by funding an increase in the per-student facilities amount that charter schools receive. The Student Opportunity Act pledges to phase in full funding of the statutory reimbursement formula over three years, and while this plan may continue to meet that requirement, it would not fix the serious flaws in the charter school finance system. Charter schools will continue to divert a high percentage of Chapter 70 funds away from many municipally operated school districts, and place greater strain on the districts that serve the vast majority of public school children. Major problems will continue unless a true resolution of the charter school funding problem is achieved, which is a top MMA priority. SPECIAL EDUCATION CIRCUIT BREAKER INCREASED TO $414M The Governor’s budget would add $41.2 million to fund the Special Education Circuit Breaker program at $414 million, an increase of 11%. The Student Opportunity Act expanded the special education circuit breaker by including out-of-district transportation, an important enhancement for cities and towns. REGIONAL SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION REIMBURSEMENTS CUT BY 5.3% Gov. Baker’s budget submission would reduce funding for regional transportation reimbursements from $82.1 million this fiscal year to $77.8 million. This would be a hardship for virtually all communities in regional districts. Reimbursements for transportation of out-of-district vocational students remains significantly underfunded at $250,000. Increasing these accounts is a priority for cities and towns and the MMA. McKINNEY-VENTO REIMBURSEMENTS INCREASED The Governor’s budget would increase reimbursements for the transportation of homeless students from $14.4 million this year to $22.9 million in fiscal 2023. The impact of this funding level will vary from community-to-community depending on the number of homeless families that remain sheltered in local hotels and motels. The Administration has been successful in reducing the number of homeless students who are dislocated from their original district, but those communities that continue to provide transportation to many students rely on this account. PAYMENTS-IN-LIEU-OF-TAXES (PILOT) LEVEL-FUNDED The Governor’s budget would level-fund PILOT payments at $35 million, which would be a significant hardship for many smaller, rural communities with large amounts of state-owned land. This is a key account due to the major impact that PILOT payments have on budgets in very small communities, and level-funding falls short of the Legislature’s goal of phasing in full funding by fiscal 2024. THE GOVERNOR IS PROPOSING APPROXIMATELY $700 MILLION TO FUND TAX CUTS As Gov. Baker announced at his State of the Commonwealth address last night, and when he released his budget proposal today, he is proposing a series of tax cuts, many targeted for struggling residents, and others targeted toward wealthier individuals. These provisions would permanently reduce state revenues, essentially opting for tax reductions over funding for existing or new state programs. The Legislature is expected to examine these closely before making commitments. These are the main items (cost estimates are very preliminary): – Doubling the tax credits for dependent care ($167 million) – Increasing the cap on the income tax deduction for rent from $3,000 to $5,000 ($77 million) – Doubling the maximum Senior Property Tax Circuit Breaker tax credit ($60 million) – Reducing the estate tax ($277 million) – Reducing the short-term capital gains tax rate to 5% ($117 million) – Increasing the no-tax threshold for lower-wage taxpayers ($41 million) PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS TODAY AND LET THEM KNOW THAT CITIES AND TOWNS NEED UNRESTRICTED GENERAL GOVERNMENT AID TO INCREASE BY MORE THAN 2.7%. WITH RECORD STATE REVENUE COLLECTIONS, LOCAL AID NEEDS A HIGHER INCREASE TO FUND ESSENTIAL SERVICES IN OUR COMMUNITIES. WHEN TALKING WITH YOUR LEGISLATORS, EXPLAIN THE NEED FOR ADEQUATE FUNDING FOR KEY ACCOUNTS, INCLUDING HIGHER MINIMUM EDUCATION AID AND FULL FUNDING FOR REGIONAL SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION, PAYMENTS-IN-LIEU-OF-TAXES, AND CHARTER SCHOOL REIMBURSEMENTS THANK YOU! Massachusetts Municipal Association 3 Center Plaza Suite 610 Boston, MA 02108 (617) 426-7272 | | Email Us View our website from MMA Legislative Alert Emails Unsubscribe
What is on the list to date (1/18/2022):
TOWN OF MEDFIELD
WARRANT FOR THE ANNUAL TOWN MEETING
Article Issue Submitted By 1 Accept Annual Reports Board of Selectmen 2 Perpetual Care Cemetery Commissioners 3 Revolving Funds Board of Selectmen 4 PEG Access and Cable Related Funds Board of Selectmen 5 Elected Official Compensation Board of Selectmen 6 Personnel Administration Plan Board of Selectmen 7 FY2023 Operating Budget Board of Selectmen 8 Transfer additional funds into the Municipal Buildings Stabilization Fund Board of Selectmen 9 Appropriate funds from the Municipal Buildings Stabilization Fund for facilities capital projects Capital Budget Committee 10 Transfer funds into the Capital Stabilization Fund Board of Selectmen 11 FY2023 Capital Budget Capital Budget Committee 12 FY2023 Water and Sewer Enterprise Fund Budgets Board of Water and Sewerage 13 DOT Ride Sharing Funds Board of Selectmen 14 Prior Year Bills Board of Selectmen 15 New SBC Bylaw Board of Selectmen 16 Townwide Master Plan Adoption Planning Board/BOS 17 Amend Town Charter to Change the Name of the Board of Selectmen to Select Board Board of Selectmen / Board of Selectmen Name Change Committee 18 Amend Zoning Table of Use Regulations to include food pantries Planning Board 19 Amend Zoning Map (update Zoning Map) Planning Board 20 Elementary School Feasibility Study Board of Selectmen 21 Authorize Vehicle Lease Purchase Board of Selectmen / Capital Budget Committee 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 xx Free Cash
The Lt. Gov. was giving her last speech to the municipal leaders this morning at the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s annual meeting. She got emotionally choked up at the end as she said goodbye to us for the last time. Tomorrow we hear from Gov. Baker, Sen. Markey, and Sen. Warren. The MMA annual meeting went from being in person to virtual (and free) in about a week. Both Polito and Baker are former Select Board members, so they are especially liked.
From the Massachusetts Municipal Association –
Breaking News from the MMA At MMA Annual Meeting, Lt. Gov. Polito announces 2.7% local aid increase in FY23 budget proposal Speaking to 500 local leaders from across the state this morning during the virtual MMA Annual Meeting, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announced that the fiscal 2023 state budget the administration plans to file next week proposes to increase Unrestricted General Government Aid by $35.1 million, or 2.7%. The increase would match the consensus state revenue growth forecast announced last week, but the MMA is pointing out that the forecast fails to account for record-breaking tax collections in fiscal 2021 and so far in fiscal 2022. …
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