Communities Supporting Resolution Calling for Full Funding of the Foundation Budget Review Commission’s Recommendations

 

Chapter 70 Resolution
The message is getting out. We would like to thank the following for their support of our Resolution Calling for Full Funding of the Foundation Budget Review Commission’s Recommendations.  Many other boards and committees, including Boards of Selectmen and Finance Committees, have it on their agendas for consideration. To date, we have been notified by the following:
Board of Selectmen
  • Arlington
  • Ashburnham
  • Ayer
  • Chelmsford
  • Dighton
  • Douglas
  • Dracut
  • Groton
  • Halifax
  • Harvard
  • Hopedale
  • Lunenburg
  • Merrimac
  • Northbridge
  • North Reading
  • Oxford
  • Rehoboth
  • Rockport
  • Sandwich
  • Upton
  • Walpole
  • Warren
  • Wayland
  • Webster
  • West Brookfield
  • Whitman
Finance Committee
  • Acton
  • Ashland
  • Ayer
  • Chelmsford
  • Easton
  • Groton
  • Hopedale
  • Lunnenburg
  • Mansfield
  • Merrimac
  • Northbridge
  • North Reading
  • Oxford
  • Rockport
  • Sudbury
  • Walpole
  • Webster
  • West Brookfield
School Committee
  • Acton-Boxborough
  • Acushnet
  • Amesbury
  • Arlington
  • Ashburnham-Westminster Regional
  • Ashland
  • Attleboro
  • Ayer – Shirley
  • Barnstable
  • Belchertown
  • Bellingham
  • Belmont
  • Blackstone-Millville
  • Boxford
  • Cambridge
  • Chelmsford
  • Dennis-Yarmouth
  • Dighton-Rehoboth Regiona
  • Douglas
  • Dracut
  • Dudley-Charlton
  • East Bridgewater
  • Fall River
  • Falmouth
  • Framingham
  • Franklin
  • Georgetown
  • Gloucester
  • Grafton
  • Groton-Dunstable
  • Halifax
  • Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School
  • Harvard
  • Hingham (this was a slightly amended version)
  • Holbrook
  • Holliston
  • Hopedale
  • Hull
  • King Philip Regional
  • Leicester
  • Lincoln-Sudbury
  • Longmeadow
  • Lynnfield
  • Marlborough
  • Marshfield
  • Masconomet Regional School District
  • Melrose
  • Mendon-Upton
  • Merrimac
  • Middleton
  • Millbury
  • Mohawk Trail Regional School District
  • Monson
  • Narragansett Regional School District 
  • Natick
  • Needham
  • New Bedford
  • Norfolk
  • Northbridge
  • Northampton
  • North Adams
  • North Andover
  • North Reading
  • Norwood
  • Oxford
  • Peabody
  • Pembroke
  • Pittsfield
  • Plainville
  • Quaboag Regional
  • Rehoboth
  • Revere
  • Rockport
  • Salem
  • Sandwich
  • Saugus
  • Silver Lake Regional
  • Somerville
  • Southeastern Regional Voke Tech
  • Sudbury
  • Sutton
  • Topsfield
  • Wachusett Regional High School
  • Walpole
  • Waltham
  • Wayland
  • Webster
  • West Springfield
  • Wilmington
  • Winchester
  • Woburn
  • Worthington

     

    that they have passed the resolution. If your board or committee’s name should be added to this list, please let us know.

    Why is this so important? The Governor’s budget for FY17 increases Chapter 70 by only 1.6%. It does nothing to recognize the findings of the FBRC regarding the systemic underfunding of the Foundation Budget in the areas of Special Education and employee health insurance. The estimated amount of this underfunding is approximately $2 billion.

    While the Governor’s budget seems to honor the commitment to share revenue growth with municipalities by increasing Unrestricted General Government Aid (UGGA) by 4.6%, it ignores the fact that for most communities, the largest portion of local aid comes from Chapter 70. The issue of underfunding affects every aspect of municipal operations. When Chapter 70 aid is inadequate, municipalities must depend on the local property tax to make up the difference.

    A strong system of public education helps drive and sustain a strong state economy. It does the same for our communities. Let your legislators know that we are looking to them to implement the recommendations of the FBRC beginning with the FY17 budget by passing the Resolution Calling for the Full Funding of the Foundation Budget Review Commission’s Recommendations.
    Here is a link to the resolution:
    The Suburban Coalition is a statewide organization of local officials that advocates for the resources, funding and support at the state level to sustain thriving communities throughout the Commonwealth. We work to ensure that every municipality has the resources to provide high-quality essential services of life safety, education and infrastructure maintenance to its citizens. We provide input to the state about local services, state funding and state regulations. By speaking with one voice, we can address mutual problems more effectively at the state level. The Suburban Coalition is the only statewide organization that brings together Selectmen, School Committees and Finance Committees and other local officials to jointly advocate for our communities. For more information, visit suburbancoalition.org.
    Questions? Contact Dorothy Presser at dorothypresser@suburbancoalition.org.
    Sincerely,
    Dorothy Presser
    President
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2 Responses to Communities Supporting Resolution Calling for Full Funding of the Foundation Budget Review Commission’s Recommendations

  1. Pat Kelly says:

    Ayer Shirley passed the resolution on 3/1.

  2. Amy says:

    Amesbury’s City Council also passed the resolution on 3/8

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