State Rep.: Local aid should be distributed based on need

Any changes would first have to be approved by the state legislature

BOSTON (WWLP) – Unrestricted local aid is the backbone of every community. It’s state funding for cities and towns to pay for key services like fire and police departments.

Right now, there’s no structured formula as to how that money is allocated to each community. New Bedford State Representative Antonio Cabral wants to create a system that would benefit the neediest areas.

State Rep. Cabral believes unrestricted local aid should be distributed based on a city or town’s needs, and their ability to raise their own revenue through property taxes. He said the system that’s in place now doesn’t allow for Gateway Cities, like Springfield and Holyoke, to flourish.

“Communities like Springfield and New Bedford and other rural communities as well, not just cities, will eventually begin to equalize and get more money according to their need,” State Rep. Cabral said.

Any changes to the way local aid is distributed would first have to be approved by the state legislature.

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