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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3504        FILED ON: 1/21/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 3102


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Antonio F. D. Cabral


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act reforming additional assistance to municipalities.






Antonio F. D. Cabral

13th Bristol

Marc R. Pacheco


Michael R. Knapik


Michael D. Brady

9th Plymouth

Christine E. Canavan

10th Plymouth

Stephen L. DiNatale

3rd Worcester

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

Shaunna O'Connell

3rd Bristol

Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr.

12th Hampden

Michael J. Rodrigues


Joyce A. Spiliotis

12th Essex

David B. Sullivan

6th Bristol

Geraldine M. Creedon

11th Plymouth

Marcos A. Devers

16th Essex

Robert L. Hedlund


Mark C. Montigny


Stephen Stat Smith

28th Middlesex

Benjamin Swan

11th Hampden

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3504        FILED ON: 1/21/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 3102

By Mr. Cabral of New Bedford, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3102) of Antonio F. D. Cabral and others for legislation to assure fair and adequate municipal gap funding for municipalities .  Ways and Means (Joint). 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Eleven



An Act reforming additional assistance to municipalities.


              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

              The General Laws are hereby amended by inserting after chapter 40S the following chapter:-

              Chapter 40T: Additional Assistance to Municipalities

              Section 1. Legislative Intent:  It is the intention of the general court, subject to appropriation, to assure fair and adequate municipal gap funding for municipalities in the commonwealth by defining a standard of non-school fiscal health applicable to every city and town in the commonwealth, stated in the form of a municipal gap that reflects the difference between their standard municipal costs and revenue generating capacity.

              Section 2. The following words, as used in this chapter, unless the text otherwise requires or a different meaning is specifically required, shall mean—

              “Additional Assistance”, the amount appropriated to a municipality in section 3 of acts making general appropriations for each fiscal year and designated therein as “unrestricted general government aid,” less the distribution to said municipality pursuant to clause (c) of the second paragraph of section 35 of chapter 10 of the General Laws.

              “Municipal Cost”, the sum of 28.0 times the municipality’s population density, plus 19.8 times the municipality’s poverty rate, plus 81.0 times the municipality’s unemployment rate, plus 272 times the jobs per capita rate of the municipality, plus 570.2.  


              “Municipal Gap”, the difference between municipal costs and municipal revenue raising capacity.

              “Municipal Revenue Capacity”, the sum of 0.0142 times the per capita taxable residential property value raised to the two-thirds power, multiplied by the per capita income of the municipality’s residents raised to the one-thirds power, plus 0.0126 multiplied by the per capita taxable nonresidential property value of the municipality.

              “Secretary”, the secretary of administration and finance.

              Section 3.  The secretary shall calculate the municipal gap for each municipality and shall make available to the house and senate committees on ways and means, in an electronically compatible format the underlying data and calculations necessary to generate the municipal gap and each component of state aid authorized for distribution to municipalities pursuant to this chapter.

              Section 4.  Any additional assistance appropriated beyond that contained in Chapter 131 of the acts of 2010 shall be appropriated solely to those municipalities with a municipal gap great than zero and in proportion to each municipalities’ municipal gap as determined pursuant to section 3. 

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