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Local officials get the bad news on state aid
By Eric Moskowitz, Globe Staff
City and town officials today began poring over the details of Governor Deval Patrick's local aid cuts, as the fears of deep reductions became reality.
For a chart on how each of the state's cities and towns might fare, click here.
With state revenues battered by the economy, Patrick made emergency cuts that treat every community the same this year, reducing 2.3 percent from every city and town's local aid, money that localities rely on to pay for everything from classroom teachers to trash collection.
For many cities and towns, that will mean spending reductions, hiring freezes, and even layoffs immediately, with more serious cuts to come July 1, the beginning of the new fiscal year.
In Boston, for example, the $457.2 million in local aid promised from the state has been slashed to $434.2 million, forcing Mayor Thomas M. Menino to pare $23 million from the city's budget over the final five months of this fiscal year, which ends June 30. The figures take another hit next year, with a reduction of $67 million.
The size of next year's cut in Boston could be reduced to about $40 million, however, if lawmakers approve Patrick's proposal to increase meals and restaurant taxes.