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NEW: Senate Ways and Means Budget Impact

Thursday, May 17, 2012

 

The newly released Senate Ways and Means budget is bringing more money to Central Mass cities and towns than the House budget, but not enough to make a significant difference during difficult financial times.

The city of Worcester is scheduled to pick up $39,870 more in fiscal 2013 if the Senate budget passes rather than the House budget. The $245 million and change is significantly more than the $234 million the city collected in fiscal 2012.

Auburn, Wachusett Win Big

The Senate budget is delivering more aid to local communities, but for most, the additional aid is not even enough to pay a full time employee for a month.

Unlike most local towns, Auburn’s total aid package of $9,393,004 (combined schools and local aid) is nearly $400,000 more than the amount it received in fiscal 2012.

Wachusett Regional School District, whose budget has come under fire, is scheduled to receive $24.3 million in the Senate budget, which is $456,000 more than the House Budget.  The School Committee has scheduled an emergency school committee meeting for tonight to discuss the budget.

 

Most Towns See Minimal Increases

Rutland and West Boylston, two towns with approximately 8000 residents, each stand to receive less than $1000 more under the Senate budget, compared to the House budget.

Joseph Becker, chairman of the Board of Selectman in Rutland, said that the small difference between the two budgets means that the number is more reliable than if there were a large difference.

“But there’s still a problem if we rely on the number and then it goes down,” Becker said.

Some of the larger towns in Central Mass, Shrewsbury, Holden and Grafton are each gaining more than $1000, but none has increased by more than $3000.  Shrewsbury’s aid under the Senate budget will increase $2700; Holden’s will increase by $1900 and Grafton will increase by $1500. 

 

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